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State rep. wants to bring ride sharing services to more communities

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The night before Thanksgiving is the biggest bar night of the year.

Which means plenty of people search for a designated driver or a taxi.

In Mid-Michigan access to ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft are few and far between.

State Rep. Phil Phelps wants to make it easier for those companies to drive in Michigan.

"This would be a game changer," Phelps said.

He said ride sharing companies are running into road blocks because the state lacks legislation. He wants to see the services in more communities like Saginaw, Midland and Bay City.

"This would be an option that anyone would have, if you had a smart phone, to find a safe ride home," Phelps said.

Flint is just one of a handful offering it.

Tricia Rickard-Becker has been driving for Uber for three months. She said the service is invaluable for people who need it late hours.

"I would love to see this throughout all different parts of Michigan for the reason of helping other people when they've been drinking too much or when they just need to get to work and they don't have a car," Rickard-Becker said.

Phelps said the ride sharing services will deter drinking and driving on the biggest bar night and many other nights in Michigan.

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