Is Uber reducing drunk driving in the U.S.?
The answer is no, according to a recent study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The study tracked instances of drunk driving between 2009 through 2014. That’s when Uber blew up, and drunk driving fatalities haven’t decreased overall during that time.
One possible explanation is that many people who are under the influence don’t feel like paying for a ride when they have their car keys with them.
Overall, the U.S. experiences 10,000 DUI fatalities per year. Only a small fraction of those who drive drunk are actually caught and prosecuted.
The authors of the study are hopeful that as time goes on, there will be a stronger correlation between ridesharing and fewer drunk drivers.
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