• Jul 17, 2014
Uber said the drop in DUI offenses is an unintended, bu... Uber said the drop in DUI offenses is an unintended, but positive side effect of its business (Shutterstock).
Are car sharing services replacing designated drivers in some cities?

Possibly. Philadelphia and Seattle have both seen drunk driving arrests decrease since services like Uber started operations. Data from Philadelphia's Uniform Crime Reporting system shows DUI arrests dropped 11 percent during the months when Uber, UberX and Side Car began operating in the city, according NBC Philadelphia. Seattle saw a drop of around ten percent.

While correlation does not equal causation, Philadelphia did see the most significant reduction in DUI arrest for the people most likely to use the app: Millennials, who experienced an 18.5 percent drop in DUI arrests. Many Americans admit to knowing drunk driving is dangerous, yet 37 percent of those surveyed in a recent Harris Poll said they've driven when they knew they probably had too much. Ride sharing offers an easy and cheap alternative to gambling with other drivers' lives or hoping a designated driver will resist temptation.

Uber founder Taylor Bennett told the news station the reduction in drunk driving is a welcome, though unintended side effect of the business.

"Uber started really just to connect riders and drivers. A byproduct of that, as we've seen, are these incredible social and economic impacts that we're seeing in different cities," he told NBC Philadelphia.

Unintended or not, the company seems to be embracing the correlation. The ride sharing company partnered with Mother's Against Drunk Driving earlier this month and will donate $1 to MADD for every trip taken through Uber.



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      • 5 Months Ago
      And the Uber spin cycle starts again...
      YONATAN
      • 5 Months Ago
      Type your comment hereBoth political parties have long forgotten about the more than three million unemployed families still without unemployment benefits since late last December. Over the past seven months, these families have fallen deeper and deeper into financial ruin and poverty. Both parties seem to lack the compassion to even care. While the republicans have fought tooth & nail on behalf of their constituent the Koch brothers, they continued to ignore the poor & unemployed. Congress has approved billions of dollars for the Ukraine, but lacks the moral fiber to help our own people in this country. These families are not going away, they are still in desperate need of a retro extension bill to help them recover from this economic catastrophe. Where are the "family values" which the republicans represent themselves as having?
      Steve King
      • 5 Months Ago
      Yeah, it's always best to drink shitty beer and use wildly over-priced, unsafe cabs because that's the way we've always done it. Thinking and innovation--bah, humbug.
      alacranxxx
      • 5 Months Ago
      How do they assume the one has to do with the other? Elitist hipsters love to find reasons to think they're saving the world, from pricey craft beer to driving services that keep them from sitting their antiseptic ass in a taxi like the rest of us.
        Mikerrr
        • 5 Months Ago
        @alacranxxx
        Uh. . . they don't "assume one has to do with the other." They specifically state in the article that correlation does not equal causation. However, there does appear to be a cause and effect relationship based on the fact that DUIs are down more for the demographic that uses ride sharing more than they are for any other age group. R.I.F.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nabthat.com is best to buying cars online and also classifieds and Technical specifications of cars
      larry
      • 5 Months Ago
      The "article title" said popular app could save lives. In my opinion, if most people would put away their cellphones and iPhones, that in itself could save lives. I have seen people trip into a shopping mall water feature because they were so focused on their texting and apps. i also witnessed a woman hit by a car in a parking lot while she was pushing selections on her iphone instead of looking where she was walking. The woman actually ran into the car ! ! ! Put away that iPhone / Cellphonje and pay attention to what you are doing.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Those of us who use Uber have been saying this for a long time. Now there are stats to back it up. Still, the Uber-haters (i.e., cab and bus drivers) no doubt will go into high gear criticizing facts they find inconvenient.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Anyone that believes this does not have the mental capacity to operate a car. There is no corelation between the two. If DUI arrests were down in a month with 5 Tuesdays would that mean that the Tuesdays cause less DUI arrests? Also I don't understand uber is legal. You need a CDL with a passenger endorsement to charge for a ride, not all of these drivers do.
      Mikerrr
      • 5 Months Ago
      I fully expect legislation or simple police harassment will come in the immediate future to get REVENUE from DUIs back up to where cities and lawyers want it to be.