Following the death of Indiana Colts player Edwin Jackson, Uber drivers are starting to speak up about the dangers of driving drunk.
During the early mornings of February 4th, 54-year-old Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe expected to safely drive Jackson back to his home after a night out. Monroe picked Jackson up and according to IndyStar, he even cared for Jackson when he became ill.
Before the two men were able to make it home, Manuel Orrego-Savala behind the wheel of his Ford F-150 And sped home after excessively drinking. While driving home, he lost control the wheel and slammed into the vehicle that Monroe was driving.
Colleen Sheehey-Church, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, spoke with IndyStar regarding her concerns.
“That was just an incredible tragedy because we know these were two people who were doing the absolute right thing, and unfortunately someone who made the choice to drink and drive killed two very innocent people. … it just elevates the horror of drunk driving,” Sheehey-Church said. “It’s incredibly sad, and it’s something that has to be stopped.”
On the morning of Jackson and Monroe’s deaths, another local Uber driver named Blair Edmons was also killed in a crash. Police believe that the other driver was drinking. That driver died in the crash as well.
Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, Uber, and the Indianapolis Colts are banding together to raise awareness for drink driving. They held a candlelight vigil to honor those who died. They are also doing what they can to discourage driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
For a while now, Sheehey-Church and MADD have pushed for legislation to help the efforts of law enforcement to deter drunk drivers. They want to also have a nationwide adoption of ignition interlock systems to keep drivers from driving if they’ve consumed alcohol for all offenders on their first offense.
Every day in the United States, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times. However, only fewer than 4,000 drunken drivers are arrested.