Services Lead to Fewer DUI's?
Do Ridesharing Services Lead to Fewer DUI’s?


For the last three years, ride-hail services have partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to curb drunk driving. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft reduce the number of people behind the wheel. As a result, it seems logical that they would cut down on drunk driving. Uber even states this on their website. They write, “services like Uber - where passengers push a button and get a ride in minutes - are helping to curb drunk driving.” However, research shows ride-hail services have mixed results in different cities.

Here are the facts:

-In Portland, Oregon, ride-sharing led to a 60 percent decrease in alcohol-involved crashes. -For New York City, there was a 25 to 35 percent reduction in alcohol-related car accidents since Uber's introduction in 2011. -Within Seattle, statistics associate the introduction of services with a 10 percent decrease in arrests for driving under the influence. -In California, the number of alcohol-related crashes every month decreased by 6.5 percent among young drivers. However, this is not the case in all cities across the United States. The American Journal of Epidemiology last year, looked at 100 densely populated counties across the United States and found no correlation between the rollout of Uber services and the number of traffic fatalities.

How Accurate are These Ridesharing Statistics?

Local factors such as state laws and access to public transportation can make this a hard case to prove in some cases. "Uber seems to affect crashes differently in different cities," said a study author Christopher Morrison. Those differences may depend on specific local characteristics like public transportation, he concluded.

Ridesharing May Still Prevent DUI's

Nevertheless, evidence that was provided by Uber reports stated that “80% of riders say that Uber has helped them personally to avoid drinking and driving.” Any car accident that can be prevented is a plus, and giving people more options to make the right choice can only be a good thing.
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