More Evidence that Ridesharing Services Reduce Alcohol-Related Traffic Accidents



In June we published an article concerning the reduction in alcohol-related accidents attributed to the availability of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. Since then, several more studies have been published confirming the trend. Ridesharing is reducing drunk driving and saving lives.


In August, a National Bureau of Economics Research working paper titled Uber and Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities, co-authored by professors from the University of California at Berkeley described the impact of Uber on traffic fatalities nationwide.

U. Of Berkeley: "A new analysis finds that the ride-sharing platform Uber has reduced overall U.S. traffic fatalities by about 4% overall, and cut alcohol-related traffic deaths by over 6%. That represented about 494 fewer deaths in 2019 alone—about 214 fewer of them from drunk-driving, according to the study."

Because much of the study was done before Lyft was widely available, the researchers believe the positive impact of ridesharing is probably even larger today.


A second study was published last week in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health studied the impact of ridesharing services in Chicago and found that they were decreasing alcohol-related crashes.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: “We found the density of active rideshare trips near a crash site was associated with decreased odds that the crash was alcohol-involved,” says Christopher Morrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School. “These results are consistent with the suggestion that ridesharing replaces impaired-driver trips.”

Uber and Lyft both use the reduction of drunk driving-related accidents in their advertising campaigns.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: "Kristin Smith, head of global road safety policy at Uber, says, “We do think this research underscores what we’ve been hearing for years—that greater access to transportation through technology can help people make the right choices, plan ahead and avoid driving drunk.”

And, as we noted in June, ridesharing is also reducing drunk-driving arrests in the United States.


Illuminate: "A new study published in JAMA Surgery suggests that rideshare services have reduced impaired driving more than we could have hoped. With rideshare services readily available, Houston reduced the number of convictions for impaired driving in the city by 24% during a six-year period."


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By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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