Holiday Impaired Driving Grant Results: Maryland

Graphic of car keys and two glasses of champagne with text reading not a very merry mix
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State Highway Safety Showcase

The highway safety campaign "Be the Driver" by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) emphasizes safe driving behaviors. It also includes the sub-theme "Be the Make a Plan Driver," urging Marylanders to plan for a sober ride home, such as by calling or scheduling a ride-hailing vehicle.

Building on the success of their previous holiday ride-share programs, MDOT MVA was one of two State Highway Safety Offices to receive a grant from GHSA, ride-hailing company Lyft, and to prevent impaired driving during the 2023 holiday season. The "Be the Make a Plan Driver" campaign was further amplified on social media and online, promoting discounted rides for the holiday season.

MDOT MVA launched its program on November 20, 2023, offering $20 credits while supplies last. The 'Be the Make A Plan Driver' campaign was a resounding success, urging Marylanders to make an alternate plan to driving impaired from alcohol or drugs through discounted ride-hailing codes from Lyft. The strategy of limiting codes to a 24-hour period proved effective, with the code expiring if not utilized, thereby encouraging immediate action.

This grant funding provided 1,178 rides, each of which took a potential impaired driver off the road. MDOT MVA used social media and its website to promote Lyft ride credits, reaching over 13,000 individuals and resulting in eight online and print news stories.

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State Highway Safety Showcase