A new project in Macomb County, Michigan, is offering jury duty transportation via Uber. According to the Detroit News, Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh says that when residents receive a jury summons, they can access up to a $20 ride each way or $40 round trip to and from the Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Sabaugh also says that in most situations the full cost of the ride will be covered. However, if the resident lives a long distance away from the courthouse, they might have to pay a portion of the actual cost of transportation.
In many cases, jurors have difficulty finding transportation and some are concerned about finding parking or driving in bad weather. Sabaugh says that this 60-day pilot project is putting innovation into the justice system to ensure that defendants get a jury of their peers. Jury trials are a cornerstone of the American legal system, and this new technology seems to strengthen the ability to ensure that more jurors are available for this civic duty.
We will wait and see if other county courts in Michigan or the rest of the country will also begin outsourcing their jury transportation to Uber.
Uber can be helpful with assisting drivers with transportation. However, whether you use Uber or your own method of transportation, auto accidents can occur. According to the Association For Safe International Road Travel, annually, nearly 1.3 million people die in motor vehicle crashes each year, which on average, is 3,287. In addition to this, 20-50 million are injured or disabled. In the United States alone, over 37,000 people die in auto accidents each year, and an additional 2.35 million are either injured or disabled. Out of all of these accidents, in the United States, nearly 8,000 of the people killed are between the ages of 16-20.