Uber “saves lives”. Since the launch of Uber, it is said that the car hailing app has reduced the number drunk drivers in the streets. Why wouldn’t you believe it? Ride share popularity is immense and everyone is using it. The moment you leave the bar after a night out, you see Ubers, Lyfts, and taxis lined up ready to take you home. According to a new study by the American Journal of Epidemiology, there is no correlation between the ride sharing apps and the reduction of drunk driving.
Researchers Kirk and Noli Brazil conducted a study on 100 metropolitan cities in the United States and came to the conclusion that the introduction of Uber did not reduce the number of people who were drinking and driving.
According to the study and CNN.com, the researchers gave the following explanations as to why Uber might not be as successful in reducing drunk driving as they claim:
- Drunk patrons tend to be a bit stubborn when they have a little too much to drink. So they sometimes chose to get behind the wheel. They would rather not pay for Uber when they can just drive home for free.
- Lastly, the ratio of drunk drivers to Uber drivers is far too small for Uber to make a significant impact in reducing drunk driving.
This isn’t to say that these ride hailing apps are not good. They are good and they provide people who go out with options to get to and from their destination safely. The researchers want to revisit this study in the future “assuming that Uber has a greater presence in the US”.