Uber, the ride-hailing service that has picked up uber-momentum over the past year and a half, has repeatedly claimed that they have lowered the number of drunk drivers. In fact, they even claim on their website that cities with Uber have fewer drunk drivers on the streets and even used the argument recently in Austin in a background check battle.
Uber drivers have picked up many a tipsy bar-hopper on Fridays and Saturdays, which kept those people from drinking and driving. Some would argue, though, that those people would have called a taxi anyway, but Uber is a cheaper alternative…so, could Ubers claim be true?
The American Journal of Epidemiology says no, according to their new study that reports no noticeable impact on the number of drunk driving fatalities in cities where Uber is present.
David Kirk, from the University of Oxford, and Noli Brazil coauthored the study, which looked at drunk driving statistics from the top 100 most populated United States metro areas. The study ultimately found that the increase in the presence of Uber did not correspond with any decrease in fatalities during peak drinking times or overall.
Among the reasons sited for the lack of impact:
– Drunk people may choose Uber as an alternative to taxis or even public transportation – NOT necessarily their own car.
– Drunk drivers are not known for rational decisions and may decide to risk driving home for free rather than pay for a ride home.
– 10,000 people in the US die each year in drunk driving accidents and the actual number of Uber drivers is still not large enough to have much impact. While there are hundreds of thousands of US Uber drivers, there are 4.2 million people who drive drunk each month.
Uber still insists its service can help decrease drunk driving, but the truth is that it continues to happen at an alarming rate. Drunk driving is a risk and when you lose, you lose big. If you are arrested for drunk driving, you have no time to waste or just think about it. The clock is ticking on your future. You need someone who can defend you in court and fight for the best possible outcome for your case. You need the experienced Maryland drunk driving attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Call us today for your free case evaluation!