Evesham and Voorhees have a program funded by donations that pays for Uber rides between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. for people who were drinking. The HERO Campaign has an app that encourages people to sign up as designated drivers.
The agency runs on a tight $600,000 a year budget. There's not a lot of wiggle room when programs cost almost $25,000 a month to run. And since 2008, the number of clients at St. James Social Services has almost tripled.
New Jersey lawmakers overwhelmingly approved requiring ride-hail drivers to have insurance to cover passengers and have permits to drive them, but they left it up to the state attorney general to decide how to do background checks.
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