NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (WTNH) – With the increase in road accidents in Connecticut, the state Department of Transportation is proposing a $ 10 discount code to deter potentially impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel during the season holidays.
The discount code – SAVETHENIGHTCT – will save Connecticut residents $ 10 on an Uber ride through Jan. 14, 2022, between 5 p.m. and 4 a.m. daily.
âOur deaths and injuries are off the charts this year,â said Joe Cristalli, program coordinator for the Connecticut Highway Safety Office.
The program is funded by a grant from the Governors Highway Safety Association in partnership with Uber. Connecticut is one of five states to receive the grant.
âMy team applied for the grant this summer,â Cristalli said.
The reason? The number of deaths and injuries is the highest since 2006.
“Traffic accidents are increasing at an unprecedented rate,” said DOT commissioner Joseph Giulietti. âIt’s a real crisis. If you, or someone you know, needs a sober ride, please opt for a ride and use that $ 10 Uber discount code to save the night – and potentially save a life.
To take advantage of the discount, runners just need to enter the code SAVE THE NIGHT in the Uber app.
What makes the alarming statistics more confusing is the fact that more and more people are working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. With fewer drivers on the roads, traffic-related fatalities are expected to be on the decline. Instead, they are on the rise.
Earlier this week, the DOT reported that traffic-related deaths in Connecticut are up nearly 16% from last year, with 290 fatal crashes reported as of Nov. 12. There were 257 fatal accidents in 2020 and 216 in 2019, according to the DOT.