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Uber has been operating in Charlotte, Asheville and several other major cities in North Carolina for several years now, asserting that their service helps lower the number of drunk drivers on the road. Some who use the service say it gives them a safe, affordable way to get home after a night of drinking. beer

However, regulators in California are now saying the company isn’t doing enough to make sure people who drive drunk aren’t on payroll. In fact, a $1.3 million fine has been proposed that would penalize the ride-share giant for not using due care in investigating or suspending drivers who are drunk. An order filed by the state public utilities commission, which regulates ridesharing services in that state, outlines how in 64 cases, drivers continued giving rides for at least an hour after a passenger reported the driver was drunk or impaired.

The state mandates all ridesharing companies adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drivers who operate vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The policy has to be posted online and in their apps, giving riders a way to report a driver and/ or make complaints. The companies must have a way to quickly suspend drivers to further investigate the claims after a complaint is filed.  Continue reading

accident1-300x200There have been many tactics employed in an effort to reduce drunk driving, from awareness education in schools to tougher prison penalties. It seems almost everything has been tried. But now, law enforcement at a police department in Canada have come up with a unique and novel approach: Old Nickelback songs.

As reported by McClatchy news service, officials with the Kensington Police Department have said that this New Year’s Eve, newly-arrested drunk drivers are going to be made to listen on repeat to a widely disliked 15-year-old Nickelback album on their way to jail. Rolling Stone readers ranked Nickelback the second-worst band of the 1990s, just behind Creed.

Although the humorous approach is meant to raise awareness, authorities across the globe recognize drunk driving as a very serious issue indeed. New Year’s Eve especially is a night where police see a marked increase in drunk driving accidents and arrests.  In fact, the number of crashes in which alcohol and/or drugs is a factor increases by more than 70 percent from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 through 6 a.m. Jan. 1, as compared to an average weeknight. Continue reading

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