Uber, MADD team for anti-drunk driving PSA for July 4 weekend

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Uber driver and former paramedic Janet Weiser, featured in the company's holiday weekend PSAs.
Uber driver and former paramedic Janet Weiser, featured in the company's holiday weekend PSAs.

Uber is also matching donations made to MADD through this Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO — The first PSA from Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving is airing on the radio this holiday weekend, reaching many riders and drivers in the car as they celebrate Independence Day.

The 30-second spot is playing on the radio in 200 markets across the country, said Nairi Hourdajian, head of global communications at Uber. Listeners have the opportunity to take a safe-driving pledge and can donate to MADD. The app-driven car-hailing service is matching donations made through Sunday up to $25,000, Hourdajian said.

"Not only are citizens across the country in the car listening to the radio, drivers are as well," she said. "[We] feel this is really effective at meeting people where they are."

Uber has a footprint that reaches about 70% of the US population, Hourdajian added, not just large cities on the East and West coasts.  

"We may be a tech company that came up in Silicon Valley, but we’re very much a part of the fabric of where we operate," she said. "That’s why we chose radio."

The campaign is also running online, including on Twitter and Facebook.

This article first appeared on prnews.com.