The SafeCab program has produced the following results:
- As of 2017, over 13,000 rides were given to 27,000
- Isanti County experienced a decrease in DUI arrests
by 69% from 2006 to 2015, averaging 114 arrests per year
compared to 367
- The average Blood Alcohol Levels (BAC) of bar patrons
pulled over by police decreased by 15%
- Isanti County has now been
identified as one of the top MN counties to reduce DUI
Demand for services has increased throughout the program
duration, while DUI arrests have been reduced in Isanti
County. Since its start, SafeCab has partnered with the
Center for Excellence in Rural Safety and the Center for
Alcohol Policy to launch the program in 5 other Minnesota
counties including: Chisago, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne,
Mille Lacs, and Wright.
The program has been
recognized as a national model in rural
transportation by the University of Minnesota Center for
Transportation Studies and the Center for Excellence in
Rural Safety, the Center for Alcohol Policy, National
Transportation Safety Board, The Century Council, and the
National Beer Institute.
The SafeCab program was a
2008 recipient of NADO's Excellence in Regional
Transportation Award. Additionally, partners of the
program from the bar/distributing industry and
Judge Dehn have been honored with awards from
MATSA, the Minnesota Alcohol Traffic Safety
Association, and the
Distinguished Public Leader Award from the University
of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies.
For more information about this program and its
Efforts to reduce drunk driving rewarded,
Isanti-Chisago County Star, 2016.
RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations hosts a
related success story on drunk driving prevention in
Isanti County: Staggered
Sentencing for Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders.