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CT DOT offers Uber discount to reduce impaired driving during the holiday season

The discount code, SAVETHENIGHTCT, is available now through January 14, 2022, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 4 a.m.
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FILE - This Tuesday, June 12, 2018, file photo shows the Uber app on a phone in New York. Uber on Thursday, April 18, 2019, said that it is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they’re getting into the right vehicles. The development comes several weeks after a University of South Carolina student was killed after getting into a car she had mistaken for the Uber ride she hailed. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEWINGTON, Conn. — In an effort to cut down on impaired drivers during the holiday season, the state Department of Transportation (CT DOT) is offering a $10 discount on Uber rides.

The discount code, SAVETHENIGHTCT, is available now through Jan. 14, 2022 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 4 a.m.

This program was made possible thanks to a grant from the Governors Highway Safety Association, in partnership with Uber. Connecticut is one of only five states to receive this grant.

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DOT officials said traffic-related fatalities in Connecticut are currently up nearly 16% from a year ago

As of Nov. 12, there have been 290 traffic-related deaths in Connecticut, up from 257 in 2020, and 216 in 2019. 

CT DOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said, “It is a real crisis. If you, or someone you know, needs a sober ride – please, opt for a ride, and use this $10 Uber discount code to save the night and potentially save a life.”

RELATED: State on track to have a record number of traffic fatalities this year: CT DOT

Officials said ride-hailing services have been shown to reduce crash and impaired driving rates by offering an alternative to getting behind the wheel impaired.

To redeem the $10 Uber discount, riders will need to enter the code SAVETHENIGHTCT into the Uber app.

For more information, click here.

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Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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