According to new research, there has been no change in alcohol-related traffic deaths in California and the rest of the U.S. since Uber and Lyft have been introduced. The study was published in American Journal of Epidemiology, and it looked at statistics from 100 locations in a variety of states. It also took into account other factors such as taxes on alcohol and whether a state had banned texting while driving.
Researchers also looked at both the total number of deaths as well as those that took place during holidays or weekends. In both cases, ride-sharing services had no impact on the number of traffic fatalities attributed to alcohol. This goes against previous research that suggested ride-sharing services made the roads safer. However, the authors of one such study said that they only looked at data from one state and that other factors would need to be considered to further confirm their findings.
One reason given for this finding is that those who are drunk may not want to pay for a ride-sharing service. This is because the chances of being taken into custody for driving while intoxicated are relatively low. Additionally, those who are under the influence of alcohol may not be thinking rationally, which decreases the odds that they will call for a ride as opposed to driving themselves home.
Drivers who are facing drunk driving charges may want to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Penalties for a DUI conviction include fines, jail time and a license revocation or suspension. Drivers may also be required to pay for traffic school or to get their license reinstated after their suspension ends. However, an attorney may be able to argue that a driver wasn't impaired or create another defense to have charges against a driver dropped or reduced.