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Campaign Seeks To Cut Down On Drunk And Buzzed Driving

Several national and state agencies are teaming up to make sure partygoers make their way home safely this New Year's Eve.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held a Twitter live chat Tuesday using the hashtag #buzzeddriving in hopes of raising awareness about the dangers of driving after drinking too much.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is rallying behind the Twitter campaign.

Lael Hill, a victim services specialist with MADD, says using the word “buzzed” instead of “drunk” was a calculated decision.

"When your blood alcohol level is at a .08 you are just not safe to drive, you’re not safe to operate a heavy piece of equipment like a vehicle," Hill says. "For someone to say, 'They’re just buzzed. They're OK to drive,' would be no different than them saying they could defy gravity."

Rideshare companies are getting behind the campaign, too.

Uber will donate $1 to MADD for every rider who uses the promo code MADDNYE on New Year’s Eve.

And the car service Lyft will donate $1 for every person who takes a pledge on their website to keep the streets safe this year.

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