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Is Uber helping lower DUI's? Two studies are split. We hit the streets.


We've all thought about it... right? Taking an Uber would be much better than driving drunk.

Is that lowering the pecentages of DUI's?

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Uber before drinking and driving

According to the <u>U.S. Department of Health & Human Services</u>, alcohol is involved in 37% of all traffic deaths for people 16 to 20 years old.

The popular driving app <u>Uber</u> claims “there’s a strong correlation between Uber’s presence in cities and a reduction in drunk driving.”

A <u>study</u> conducted in 2016, however, refuted this claim. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that “the deployment of Uber services in a given metropolitan county had no association with the number of subsequent traffic fatalities.”

Campus correspondent Michelle Logan asked people in Santa Monica, Calif. about the effects they saw Uber having on preventing drunk driving.

Overwhelmingly, people answered “yes” when asked if they have chosen to use Uber instead of driving drunk.

FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo, Uber driver Karim Amrani sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport parking area in San Francisco. Hilton is hailing the ride sharing service Uber to help guests reach its hotels and then explore the city where they are staying, the companies announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

“I work in a bar,” Sam Smith said. “So, a lot of people kind of tend to drive to the bar and then end up drinking and then they get Uber on the way home.”

“Every, like, weekend or happy hour,” said Christian Lee. “We choose Uber because it’s just the right thing to do.”

Another <u>study</u>, conducted early this year, found that Uber does indeed keep the roads safer— a reduction of “about 40 collisions per month” in New York City.

Let us know— do you think driving apps are the solution to people getting behind the wheel while under the influence?

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