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(March 14, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will once again offer discounted taxi, Lyft and Uber rides originating in the City of Portland on Saturday as part of its Safe Ride Home program for Portlanders celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
SafeRide Home coupons will be available for pickup on Saturday, March 16 from participating businesses and Portland Police Bureau officers in the Central City. Coupons will be valid Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. through Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 a.m.
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.
PBOT has offered Safe Ride Home travel options on New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo, Brewers Festival, and Halloween. The first Safe Ride Home Event was on New Year's Eve 2017.
The Safe Ride Home program is a partnership between PBOT, the Portland Police Bureau, Old Town Hospitality Group, Venture Portland, and Portland cab companies Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab, Blue Taxi, and Flat Cab, as well as transportation network companies Lyft and Uber. The program is funded by the taxi permit fees and the 50-cent fee charged for every TNC ride in Portland. The fee also covers safety inspections and the PDX WAV program that makes accessible on-demand vehicles available to people with wheelchairs or mobility devices in Portland.
RSVP to Safe Ride Home on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2360181190927031/
Learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at www.visionzeroportland.com