MADD, Uber partner to offer free rides on Thanksgiving eve

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(AP) — Mothers Against Drunk Driving and ride-hailing company Uber have partnered to offer free rides in the greater Boston area and Rhode Island on the day before Thanksgiving.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as “Blackout Wednesday” because it’s one of the heaviest drinking days of the year.

MADD and Uber say they want to cut down on drunken driving and make sure everyone can get home safely.

Mary Kate Depamphilis of MADD Massachusetts says Thanksgiving is a time of joyous celebration that can serve as a catalyst for drunken driving tragedies.

Persis Elavia, Uber’s General Manager for New England, says the company wants people to make Uber their designated driver.

The deal is for rides up to $15 and applies from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

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