After all, it only took a few clicks, $20 or $30 bucks, and you were home. There was no dealing with traffic, no finding your car in a crowded garage, and no hassle at all. It was an extremely easy, convenient and affordable way to get around – especially if you’re in a big city where cars (and parking) are a real commodity.
But while these benefits are certainly great, they’re not the only advantages to the ever-popular ride programs. Their real, true value lies in the safety they provide – the alternative they offer to drinking and driving, DUIs and dangerous car accidents.
People across the country are starting to realize this. More and more Americans aren’t just using Uber and Lyft when they’ve had too much to drink; they’re actually planning on using the service long beforehand – before they’ve even had that first glass of wine or sip of beer. And it’s starting to make an impact.
How Uber, Lyft and Ride Programs Have Made Roads Safer
The rise of ride programs like Uber have helped take a serious bite out of our nation’s drunk driving problem. Cities across the country have seen lowered rates of DUIs, drunk driving car accidents and drunk driving arrests, and it’s making our roads safer and more hazard-free every day these programs are in operation.
In fact, a recent study by Temple University revealed that Uber use actually decreases the number of drunk driving fatalities. By analyzing data from 2009 to 2014 in California, the study’s researchers discovered as much as a 5.6 percent drop in DUI-related deaths. Projected out? That means Uber will save about 500 lives every year – and that’s just in California alone. Though not nearly as important, the study also estimated that Uber would decrease the state’s economic losses by $1.3 billion as well.
Those are some pretty serious savings.
From a legal standpoint, rideshare programs are also reducing incidences of DWIs and DUIs across the country. A recent study of Philadelphia DUIs looked at how arrests were impacted once services like Uber Black, SideCar and UberX were launched in the area. The results were pretty astounding.
When Uber hit the market, the city was a 10 percent daily decrease in DUI arrests, and for drivers under the age of 30, the drop was even more significant, with numbers falling way below annual averages for DUIs. Uber itself did a similar study of the Seattle market, and again, they saw a more-than 10 percent decrease in DUI arrests after Uber’s launch in the area.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Uber also teamed up to do a study of their own, finding that the Uber program has prevented a total of 1,800 crashes since mid-2012. It also reduces drunk driving car crashes by 60 every month it’s in operations.
Uber in Texas
But enough about all those other states. What about right here in Texas? While no statewide study has been done yet, there have been some in specific cities. Austin, for example, was featured in a recent Uber blog post, with stats showing a 23-percent drop in local DUI car wrecks since Uber’s inception. Though we don’t have statistics to say those changes were seen statewide, it’s not far-fetched to think the same decreases seen in Austin, California, Seattle and across the country have also been seen right here in the Lone Star State of Texas. Use Ride Sharing to Your Advantage Uber, Lyft and ride-sharing programs help make our community’s roads safer, so download their apps, and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same. You never know when you might need one, and it could be what saves your life or the life of someone you care about.
If you have experienced a DUI car accident in Dallas, let us know. The Franklin Law Firm offers free consultations. That way, you know all your options.