Lyft partners with MADD for safe New Year's Eve
By Sarah Ford on December 30, 2014
Source: USA Today
Ride-sharing service Lyft is joining forces with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to promote a safer New Year's Eve.
For everyone who pledges to not drink and drive on the holiday, Lyft will donate $1 to MADD, the company announced in a blog post Monday. (You can also fine more at the Lyft New Year's Eve pledge page.)
"We are partnering with (MADD), mobilizing our community of drivers to get on the road and provide safe rides and our passengers to pledge to have a designated driver on New Year's," said Lyft co-founder John Zimmer in an interview. "We want to encourage people to get home safe, whether that is walking, calling friends who are going to be a designated driver or taking public transportation. Lyft is one of those options."
Lyft, which is headquartered in San Francisco, currently operates in 64 other cities including New York, Los Angeles and Washington.
MADD CEO Debbie Weir complemented Lyft and said the company is "really very authentic on the issue of wanting to make a difference saving lives. Their priorities and our missions align very well together."
Since those needing a ride can use the smartphone app to summon a driver, "it really means there is no excuse to drink and drive. It's right at your fingertips," Weir said. "What is exciting about Lyft and others is it's really that combination of widespread technology and transportation."