The busiest bar night of the year may get a little safer in Upstate New York.

Online ride-hailing service Uber has partnered with the group Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to offer free or discounted rides to all New York state residents outside New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 27, the night before Thanksgiving.

Uber users can enter the promo code SAFERIDENY19 on the Uber app. (Go to the menu, tap payment and then Add Promo.)

The promo is good for up to $10 on a ride hailed between 9 p.m Nov. 27 and 3 a.m. Nov. 28.

Thanksgiving Eve, sometimes called Drinksgiving or Blackout Night, is a night when people often gather with friends or family for a night out at bars.

Syracuse is national leader in Thanksgiving Eve bar traffic

Syracuse and Rochester are among the top cities in the country for the increased bar traffic on Thanksgiving Eve compared to typical Wednesdays during the year, recent surveys show.

“By continuing to work with local leaders and MADD, we can help make New York’s streets safer," Uber New York general manager Chad Dobbs said in a news release. "We hope that residents decide to leave their cars at home on Wednesday and use options like Uber to get around.”

Uber pointed to an independent study conducted by Temple University that found the ride-hailing service’s introduction to several cities in California resulted in a 5 percent decrease in the number of people killed in alcohol-related car crashes.

Don Cazentre writes about craft beer, wine, spirits and beverages for, and The Post-Standard. Reach him at, or follow him at, on Twitter or Facebook.

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