This holiday season, police officers are working together to stop people from drinking and driving. Booze It & Lose It is the national campaign responsible for this.
You are being asked by them to have a professional or designated driver instead of getting behind the wheel.
Ride Sharing Helps Decrease Drunk Driving
A Lyft driver of five months, Andy Spitler, usually drives on the weekends. This is when he says that he sees the more impaired clients.
Spitler takes his job very seriously because being safe on the road is extremely important and he realizes this.
Channel 3 was told by Spitler, “It’s not just a job, it’s about getting people home safely and also protecting others on the road.”
According to Spitler, his clients being intoxicated is a common thing. He says that sometimes it can be incredibly difficult.
Before you get behind the wheel, remember the Booze It & Lose It campaign this holiday season.
Spitler says, “You always have certain behaviors. Sometimes they get a little rowdy, but other than that it hasn’t been bad at all.”
Spitler says that he is alright with the fact that his customers won’t be drinking and driving, even though he will get more intoxicated customers due to the Booze It & Lose It campaign.
This year there have been 264 accidents so far that involve drivers being under the influence, according to the Chattanooga Police Department.
There have been three deaths and 164 people that were injured.
Spitler’s safety is important, but he prioritizes the safety of his customers. This is the reason that he wants to do what he can to help keep the roads safe.
Spitler says, “You literally have a safe way home at the touch of a fingertip. Utilize this technology. It’s very easy to use, it’s very quick, and as I said, you can have a ride home within just a few minutes and it safe and that’s the most important thing.”
Booze It & Lose It Means More Cops on the Road
This holiday season, more local police officers and state troopers are going to look for intoxicated drivers while monitoring the roads.
You’ll probably see sobriety checkpoints and warning signs while traveling.