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June 30, 2015
First-of-its-kind partnership makes a ride to jury duty as simple as a tap on the app
Macomb County, MI (June 30, 2015) In Macomb County, a jury summons now comes with a driver, providing on-demand transportation to and from the Courthouse. Macomb County Jurors will receive an Uber code good for a $20 ride each way or $40 round trip to and from the courthouse. In most cases, the code will cover the full cost of a ride. The ride must start or end at the Macomb County Circuit Court Building in Mount Clemens, and the cost will depend on the distance from a juror’s home.
According to Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh, some Macomb County jurors have difficulty finding transportation for jury duty. Sabaugh also wanted a solution to help jurors who worry about finding parking or driving in bad weather. The County hopes to encourage civic participation by partnering with Uber to provide jurors with free round-trip fare. This 60 day pilot project comes at no cost to the Macomb County budget.
“The right to a jury of your peers is fundamental to our democracy, and Uber is helping Macomb County put innovation into the justice system to safeguard this right,” said Sabaugh. “Uber’s technology connects jurors with safe rides, frees up parking in the city, and creates an opportunity for Macomb County residents to earn extra cash by driving jurors to court to do their civic duty.”
After Macomb County jurors receive a summons and answer the online questionnaire, they will get a unique Macomb County Juror Uber link to create an Uber account. Jurors who choose to use the offer will be picked up at their home and dropped off at the Court Building in Mount Clemens. Jurors may also use their Macomb County Juror Uber code to request a ride home from the Court Building. Riders are encouraged to use the fare estimate feature in the Uber app to determine if the promotional code covers the round-trip fare.
Sabaugh, who has been the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds since 1993, added that providing good service to county residents means embracing new technology, whether it's Uber, Google Apps for Government, Square, or other innovative services her office uses.
“Uber believes that getting a safe and affordable ride should be an option for everyone,” said Mike White, General Manager of Uber Michigan. “If we are able to come together as a community to minimize transportation deserts, civic participation will grow. We are excited to be a part of this pilot project and look forward to protecting and encouraging the democratic process in Macomb County.”
About Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds, Carmella Sabaugh
A Warren resident since the 1965, Carmella Sabaugh served on the Warren City Council and as Warren City Clerk. (Sabaugh photo.) Sabaugh has served as Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds since 1993. Sabaugh, who was honored as a Google Government Transformer, is recognized for using technology to improve service, including:
Partnered with Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation to provide free bus tickets for jurors without transportation. Sabaugh said she will continue to offer free bus tickets as an option.
Started a one-day, one-trial system that reduced jury duty from one week to one day for most jurors and reduced annual costs.
Provides free wireless Internet service in the jury room so jurors can stay in touch with family or work while waiting to be picked for a trial.
Partnered with the Mount Clemens Public Library to provide free library books delivered from any library in the county, waiting when jurors arrive.
Provides restaurant-style pagers to jurors, depending on court docket demand, letting jurors shop or simply get some fresh air, while waiting to be sent to a courtroom.
Provides self-serve kiosks for jurors to check-in upon arrival, update their personal information, and also request other Clerk / Register of Deeds services such as birth records or deeds.
How Uber Works
When a rider requests a ride through the free Uber smartphone app, he or she sees available cars on a map. The nearest driver is alerted of the ride request and is given the rider’s pick up location. The rider then receives detailed information about the driver, including his or her first name, photo and Uber rating, and the vehicle’s make, model, and license plate number. While both the rider’s and driver’s phone numbers are anonymized through Uber’s technology, they have a direct line of contact to one another if needed.
When the rider reaches his or her destination, they are automatically charged for the ride through a seamless, cashless transaction. The rider immediately receives an electronic receipt via email.
Learn how to use Uber here.
Uber creates a new market for transportation services that leads to significant job creation in all Uber cities. The flexibility of the platform is the most prominent reason why drivers use the Uber app. Drivers choose their own hours and can work as little or often as they like. Worldwide, 50,000 driver jobs are generated by the Uber platform every month.
Impact on drunk driving
The ubiquity and reliability of Uber can remove the temptation of getting behind the wheel after a night on the town. The seamless, cashless alternative makes it easy for drivers to leave their cars at home, thereby reducing the prevalence of drunk driving.
In a recent study by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), four in five (78%) respondents said friends are less likely to drive home after drinking since ridesharing services like Uber started operating in their city.
A ride for everyone
Uber serves all communities and neighborhoods with ETA-based dispatch rather than traditional location-based dispatch, ensuring that no rider is rejected because of who they are, where they live, or where they want to go.
The Uber app’s safety features:
Transparent Trip Tracking: GPS is utilized for every ride on the platform allowing Uber to account for the time and route of every trip.
No Ride is Anonymous: Once a ride request is confirmed, users have the picture, name, vehicle type, license plate number and rating of the driver
Share My ETA: Users have the ability to “Share My ETA” with friends and family, displaying a live map of the trip in progress.
A 24/7 Feedback Loop: Riders rate and provide comments about their experience at the end of every trip and drivers do the same. Uber constantly monitors that feedback to ensure any issue is addressed immediately.
For more information see Uber's blog: