July 25, 2017

Does Uber really prevent drunken driving? It depends on the study

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It seems like common sense: People will be less tempted to drink and drive if they have an easier, safer way to get home after a night out.

Uber has plenty of incentive to make this case and has reported on declines in drunken-driving incidents in several major cities after the company started providing ride-hailing services, beginning in San Francisco in 2010.

A recent independent study backs this up. It found that in four boroughs of New York City, excluding Staten Island, there has been a 25 to 35 percent reduction in alcohol-related car accidents since Uber came to town in 2011, compared with other places where ride-hailing company doesn’t operate.

That’s a significant reduction, amounting to about 40 fewer collisions per month. And it’s good news for Uber, which could use some positive attention after months of hurtling from one public relations crisis to the next.

“We need more evidence, but the trend seems to be pointing toward ride-sharing reducing drunk driving incidents,” said Jessica Lynn Peck , a doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center who wrote the study, a working paper that was published in January.

But not all studies have reached the same conclusion. One report, […]

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