New Jersey town wants to be residents’ designated driver

A southern New Jersey town hopes to end drunken driving by being its residents’ designated driver.

As part of a 30-day pilot program, Evesham Township will operate a shuttle system to take people home on weekends from bars.

NJ.com reports the shuttle will make five stops near nine drinking establishments around the Burlington County town. Sober Sam, a company that drives people and their vehicles home from bars, will also provide free rides for township residents.

Mayor Randy Brown encouraged residents to have a great time, adding that the town “will get you home for free.”

Police Chief Christopher Chew says there hasn’t been a fatal drunken driving crash in town in six years. But they’re on pace to arrest more than 220 people on DWI charges this year.

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