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(March 14, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will offer discounted taxi, Lyft and Uber rides on Saturday as part of it's Safe Ride Home program for Portlanders celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Safe Ride Home initiative makes it easy to celebrate responsibly by providing Portlanders with discounted travel options.
The Safe Ride Home program is offering people the following discounted and inexpensive travel options this Saturday, March 17 for St. Patrick's Day:
Impaired driving is a major contributor to death and injury on Portland streets. More than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated. Safe Ride Home helps to achieve the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan’s goal of launching initiatives to reduce impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, almost two-fifths (39%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States involved drunk driving. This is the second Safe Ride Home holiday offer from PBOT, the first was on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2017.
"After such a successful Safe Ride Home program on New Year's, with over 2,500 people choosing a safe ride, I'm thrilled that we are bringing back our safe ride offerings for Portlanders on St. Patrick's Day," said Transportation Director Leah Treat. "Over 50 percent of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are impaired. As we continue our Vision Zero efforts, we are working to make our roads safer for all users. Thanks to our private for-hire ride fee, we will continue to fund this important initiative."
The Safe Ride Home program is a partnership between PBOT, the Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, Old Town Hospitality Group, and Portland cab companies Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab, as well as transportation network companies Lyft and Uber. The program is funded by a 50-cent fee charged for every taxi and TNC ride in Portland. The fee also covers safety inspections and helps defray the cost of rides for people with disabilities.
People can RSVP to Safe Ride Home on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/157704791705936/.
Learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at www.visionzeroportland.com