For the last three years, ride-hail services have been partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to promote efforts to curb drunk driving. By reducing the number of people behind the wheel, it seems logical that ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft would cut down on drunk driving. Uber states on their website: “Services like Uber – where passengers push a button and get a ride in minutes – are helping to curb drunk driving.” Research, however, has shown that ride-hail services have mixed results depending on the city. Here are the facts:
-In Portland, Oregon, ride-sharing led to a 60 percent decrease in alcohol-involved crashes.
-In New York City, there was a 25 to 35 percent reduction in alcohol-related car accidents since Uber was introduced in 2011.
-In Seattle, the introduction of services was associated 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.
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.
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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