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Free Uber ride in Spokane to avoid St. Patty's DUIs

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Spokane County officials and Uber are teaming up to make sure people aren't drinking and driving this St. Patrick's Day weekend. Spokane County officials and Uber are teaming up to make sure people aren't drinking and driving this St. Patrick's Day weekend.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane County officials and Uber are teaming up to make sure people aren't drinking and driving this St. Patrick's Day weekend. It's all part of an effort to bring down the number of DUIs in Spokane.

New Uber users can download the Uber app and put in the promo code SPOSAFE1. Users get a ride home free of charge up to $25.

Existing Uber users can put in the promo code SPORIDE1 to get up to two rides at 20 percent off between 10 a.m. March 14, 2015 and 3 a.m. March 15, 2015.

Officials hope this partnership will encourage people to be responsible while also bringing the number of DUIS down.

"In the last 20 months the teams have had 1,630 DUIs. Normally in a year Spokane has about 2,200, so there's a definite rise," said Karen Wigen, Spokane County Target Zero Manager.

The promotion is also significantly less expensive compared with paying for DUI fines.

"It's just taking a smart option getting home safe and saving a lot of money in the long run," said Jeremy Shaw, an Uber driver in Spokane.

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