Uber and Planned Parenthood out to help make Thanksgiving eve safer

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Thanksgiving eve is a huge night for bars and restaurants across the area. College students come home and go out to meet up with friends. Bars and restaurants look forward to the evening every year. They do a tremendous business. Two very different groups were making sure people were safe on the roads and in the bedroom Thursday night.

The folks at Planned Parenthood launched a condom crawl. Officials said there’s a chance some people may do more than renews friendships with former girlfriends and boyfriends.  And they wanted them to be safe. With good reason, St. Louis has a serious health problem.  M’Evie Mead works for Planned Parenthood, “Just last week the centers for disease control released a report that St. Louis has the highest rate of sexually transmitted disease of any city in the nation.

50 volunteers visited a variety of neighborhood bars and restaurants including some in The Grove.  They’re gave away 4000 safe sex kits which contain condoms.  One woman at a downtown bar said, “Giving them the opportunity to be safe is always a good idea.”  Not only could it prevent the spread of STD’s but also unwanted children.

Meanwhile, drivers at Uber were ready on their first Thanksgiving eve to serve anyone who was over served.  They drivers were expecting to be busy.  James Jones drives for Uber, “This weekend demand is exceptionally high because a lot of people are coming into town to connect with old friends.” Partiers help Jones and other drivers earn some extra holiday cash.  Jones said, “It will probably be a 25 to 50 percent increase in fares.”

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