Ride services urge safety ahead of St. Patrick's Day weekend

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DAVENPORT, Ia. (KWQC) - St. Patrick's Day may only be one day, but several residents of the Quad Cities said they plan to celebrate throughout the weekend. Scotland native, Darren Low, said the festivities remind him of home.

"It brings home the whole Celtic spirit, it brings the heritage of the Celtic community, especially the Irish community and what Iowa has brought to the United States."

Instead of taking part in the celebrations, Low will spend the weekend driving around those in need of a ride. The Uber driver said his goal is to ensure the safety of citizens.

"The main benefit is the enjoyment I get from doing it," Low said. "Making sure people get home nice and safe at an affordable price."

Low has driven for Uber for two years. This weekend he advises potential riders to keep several things in mind.

"There will probably be surge pricing kicking in on and off throughout the day," Low said. "There's going to be a lot of street closures, tents in the middle of the streets with people, drive safely, it's not a race to get people picked up as quick as they can."

Low also wants to remind riders to send accurate locations, be ready and waiting outside for the driver and to monitor the app as the driver approaches.