A free taxi service project has started in 6 regions of Italy and is still in the testing phase, is offered to people under the influence of alcohol in order to prevent driving under the influence of alcohol, according to local sources.
In the project, people leaving nightclubs are tested for alcohol and if they are found to be over the legal limit, they are asked to call a taxi to take them home safely.
The testing of the project, supported by Matteo Salvini, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, will continue until mid-September.
On the other hand, the opposition argued that the project "encourages young people to consume excessive alcohol", while some citizens opposed it, stating that the free service would be covered by their taxes.
According to data from the European Transport Safety Council, at least one drunk driver was involved in 8.7 percent of the 59,000 traffic accidents reported to police in Italy in 2019.
Source: Anadolu Agency