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Christensen Law’s Safe Ride Home Program Returns For Thanksgiving Eve 2019

David Christensen Law is proud to announce that the popular Safe Ride Home program will be returning for Thanksgiving Eve. This date, also known as “Blackout Wednesday,” is one of the top drunk driving nights of the year. Also, hazardous weather conditions can make the drive home treacherous.

On this night, Michigan sees an increasing number of alcohol-impaired drivers taking to the roads and suffering or causing catastrophic injuries and even death.

As a personal injury law firm, we see drunk driving accidents up close and personal—and all too frequently. Far too many families suffer at the hands of drunk drivers, and with this in mind, we decided we had to do our part to put a stop to it.

“Too many people are killed on Michigan roads each year,” Attorney David Christensen said. “The number rose 10 percent in 2015, which is what inspired our Safe Ride Home program.”

Launched on Thanksgiving Eve in 2015, the Safe Ride Home program has been incredibly successful over the years, providing over 2,000 drivers with a safe way home during the most alcohol-heavy holidays of the year.

If you’re interested in keeping yourself, your family, and those you share the roads with safe during the holiday season, read on to learn more about how you can get your Safe Ride Home.

WHAT IS THE SAFE RIDE HOME PROGRAM?

Through Safe Ride Home, our firm is willing to pay for cab, Uber, or Lyft costs on designated evenings so that those who have had too much to drink are able to get home safely without putting themselves or other drivers at risk for injury or death. The ultimate goal of this program is to increase awareness about how frequently drunk driving accidents occur while offering a solution to the problem at hand.

“Last year, we helped almost 1,000 people get home safe,” Christensen said. “It’s easy to see that Safe Ride Home is making a difference for people’s safety, and we’re excited to bring it back this year.”

If you’ve had too much to drink, you can call a licensed taxi company, Uber, or Lyft to take you home, and David Christensen Law will reimburse you up to $25 for your ride. You can obtain your reimbursement by submitting your info in the form provided on this page.

REQUIREMENTS FOR USE OF SAFE RIDE HOME

Here are the details you need to know about participating in David Christensen Law’s Safe Ride Home program:

  • You must be at least twenty-one years old.
  • Your one-way ride home needs to be within Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, Bay, Kent or Genesee counties.
  • The program begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, and runs through Thursday, November 28, 2019, until 4 a.m.
  • You must choose a ride provider that is licensed, such as Lyft, Uber, or a licensed taxicab company.
  • The maximum reimbursement allowable is $25. This cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • David Christensen Law must receive your receipts by midnight on Saturday, November 30, 2019, for you to be eligible for reimbursement.
  • You can send in your receipt from Uber, Lyft, or the taxi company and a copy of your valid driver’s license
    using the form on this page.

BEING A SAFE DRIVER

Drunk drivers destroy lives, and during the holiday season especially, the last thing any family needs is to get that devastating phone call. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the new year by having a drink, but we encourage all drivers to celebrate safely. You can do your part as a safe driver by doing the following:

Planning Ahead – Make sure that you have transportation arrangements to get home before you have even one alcoholic beverage.

Preparing Yourself – Download Uber or Lyft on your smartphone and set up your accounts in advance, or put a local taxi company’s contact information in your phone so it is readily available when you’re ready to head home.

Having a Designated Driver – Not only should you prepare your DD ahead of time, but you should have a backup plan in place if your designated driver is no longer available.

Checking Out Other Safe Driving Programs – Both AAA and our local MADD chapter offer such programs in addition to our Safe Ride Home program.

A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER, DAVID CHRISTENSEN

“Before New Year’s Eve last year, Safe Ride Home had helped over 1,300 people,” said David Christensen. “Seeing that number skyrocket to more than 2,000 is incredibly humbling. I’m so happy that Safe Ride Home has made a difference in so many lives.”

If you are interested in partnering with our firm or have questions about our Safe Ride Home program, please reach out to us via email or give our office a call for more information.

Safe Ride Home founder David Christensen earned his law and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. A member of the Council of Chief Justices Civil Justice Initiative, Christensen testifies before the Michigan legislature. Named a 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in the category of Personal Injury Litigation in Detroit, Christensen was also chosen by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly in 2012 as a “Leader in the Law.”

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