Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
New York City's 10,000 Designated Drivers
Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 05:16 PM
(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The New York City Department of Transportation announced today that it will be handing out thousands of pre-paid debit cards this holiday season as part of its anti-drunk driving efforts.
You the Man -- as the campaign is known -- offers a find-a-ride search engine, sobriety tests, and a general reminder that the city has 10,000 designated drivers--also known as cabbies.
There's also an iPhone app that has a designated driver picker, as well as a blood alcohol level calculator (although as one reviewer put it: "if you're buzzed you prob shouldn't base a decision to drive on an iPhone app.")
Beginning next week, the NYC DOT will begin distributing 2,000 free rides home in the form of pre-paid $25 debit cards, programmed for use in taxis and livery vehicles--as well as MTA, PATH and NJ Transit ticketing machines. To find out where to get a card, follow You the Man on Twitter or Facebook.
As we reported earlier, presumably you can avail yourself of the You the Man services even if you don’t have a car--but just happen to be out and about, needing a ride home. Even if you're sober.