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.
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.
In 2014 the Austin Transportation Department published a list of “Get Home Safe” options on the City’s website. We want to know how to use this tool better. How do we get it out there; What type of improvement could…
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.
Increase the metro rail run time through 4am on all days of the week, and increase the amount of trains running during festivals.
Ban talking on hands free cell phones. This is proven to be just as distracting as being legally drunk. This article has links to the research. http://www.businessinsider.com/talking-on-a-hands-free-cellphone-is-as-bad-as-driving-drunk-2013-8