Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
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.