The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has handed out grants worth $95,000 to support initiatives to help prevent impaired driving this holiday season.

In partnership with Uber, the GHSA has awarded grant funds and Uber ride credits to the Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico and Texas State Highway Safety Offices.

Now in its fourth year, the program encourages people who consume alcohol or other impairing substances to use ride-hailing instead of putting themselves and others on the road at risk by getting behind the wheel.

Latest figures show traffic deaths are increasing at an unprecedented rate – surging nearly 20 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2020.

“It’s tragic and frustrating to see even more lives lost on our roads from completely preventable drunk and drug-impaired driving crashes,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins.

“GHSA is proud to partner with Uber to help states provide people a safe and convenient alternative to driving impaired.”