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Lorain County offering free Lyft rides for 4th of July weekend

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 16:57:54-04

LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio — The Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office is attempting to fight the drunk driving that has been an issue in the county by providing free Lyft rides over Fourth of July weekend.

According to public health officials, there have been four crashes this year that have resulted in five deaths — all of which were caused by drunk drivers.

To prevent drunk driving crashes this July, Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office’s "Arrive Alive" initiative provides a free Lyft ride to anyone who uses the code LCPOUT4.

During Fourth of July weekend in 2017, 601 people died in crashes across the country. Of those deaths, 39% were caused by drunk driving crashes, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Sixty percent of those fatal drunk driving crashes involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol level of .15 or higher.

According to Lorain County Public Health, the crashes in the county all involved male drivers who had a blood alcohol level of at least 0.200 — more than two times the legal limit in Ohio.

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