This just in from spokesperson, Bill Gibbons, on behalf of Uber in response to KWPD’s announcement today that Uber drivers in Key West that don’t possess a vehicle-for-hire license will be arrested beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2015:
“It is unconscionable that the city would seek to limit safe, reliable transportation ahead of one of the deadliest weekends of the year for drunk driving-related incidents. We hope the city will reconsider and work with us on a sensible, modern regulatory framework for ridesharing in Key West.
Uber remains committed to providing access to safe, reliable alternatives to driving under the influence as they celebrate the Fourth of July weekend.
Fourth of July weekend is historically one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk driving-related accidents. Through our partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, we have made it a priority to better educate people about the dangers of driving under the influence, and we are committed to expanding access to safe, reliable transportation options.
A study conducted by MADD found that when empowered with more transportation options like Uber, people make better choices that save lives. Uber gives people smarter alternatives to getting behind the wheel if their plans include alcohol. In Seattle, we found that the arrival of Uber helped reduce drunk-driving arrests by 10%. And in California, Uber’s largest market, drunk driving incidents fell by 6.5% per month under drivers under 30 after the launch of Uber’s ridesharing product, uberX– an estimated total of 1,800 crashes prevented.
We stand steadfast by our driver-partners and their right to provide this valuable service to their neighbors and tourists.”
To be continued…