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NJ town plans to cut down DUIs with free rides via mobile apps

The New Jersey town of Evesham Township has become the first municipality in the United States to use the ride service Uber as part of a plan to prevent drunk driving. Patrons in at least 19 bars and restaurants in town can ask for a free ride home, thanks to a program that began in mid-October. Another driver-for-hire service, BeMyDD, also became part of the program on Oct. 23.

Affluenza drunk driving teen in the news once again

New Jersey residents likely recall the media furor surrounding the so-called "affluenza" DWI case in 2013. The case involved a Texas teenager who escaped jail following a drunk driving accident that left four people dead and another seriously injured. The teen's attorneys convinced the judge that their client was unable to differentiate between right and wrong because he had been indulged by his wealthy parents. The case has begun to make headlines again after audio transcripts from depositions taken in connection with a civil suit were released by media outlets.

Man charged after deadly crash

Authorities say that a 29-year-old man faces multiple charges in connection with an accident that took place at 7 a.m. on Oct. 11. The crash took place near Old Bridge, New Jersey, near mile marker 122.3 of the Garden State Parkway. According to police, the man's Yukon sports utility vehicle overturned, which caused the death of a 28-year-old passenger in the vehicle.

Illinois law may offer a second chance after DUI convictions

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol causes many car crashes every year in New Jersey. In Illinois, a new law could allow motorists who have had their licenses revoked after being convicted of four or more DUI offenses to legally drive again. The drivers could get restricted permits if they have been free of alcohol and drugs for at least three years.