The new designated driver
In Texas, close to 40 percent of traffic fatalities are alcohol related, and nearly 100,000 DUI arrests were made last year. That’s a problem - and Austin is no exception. With unprecedented access to ridesharing, public transportation, taxis, TNCs like Lyft and Uber, and smart phones, all Austinites should be accountable for our impaired driving problem. Through education on these services and the development of new options, Austinites can improve public safety and begin to tame the social stigma of needing a safe ride home.
Watch the live streamed panel discussion on Impaired Driving.
Run the buses later and make the routes more efficient. If it takes two hours to get home at 2 am, no one's going to take the bus.
It seems to me, unfair to not increase bus service during "no refusal" weekends. I think that the increase in the revenue from fines would be able to offset the additional costs.
Run the CapMetro Flyer buses on the Flyer and Express routes on the weekend. It would lead to a lot less drinking and driving. How about we overlay the DUI arrests on top of where people live as a start…
People drive drunk because they know they will get away with it night after night. Until APD starts throwing a lot more people in jail drunk driving will continue to be the easiest option for most of Austin.
The metro rapid lines should run until 2:30 am on Thursday-saturday nights. At the very least, there should be a last call bus (or two) for each route.