Uber says it reduces drunk driving
The rides-sharing service Uber has released a survey that shows people are less likely to drink and drive in cities after ride services went into business. The survey was done in conjunction with advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and involved 807 adults in the largest U.S. cities where Uber operates.
The findings showed that in California cities where UberX (a low-cost, low-frills ride service) was available, there was a drop of 6.5 percent in drunk-driving crashes involving drivers under age 30. The data came from the California Highway Patrol.
MADD and Uber are continuing their partnership by allowing riders to donate $1 to MADD by typing in code THINKANDRIDE, during Super Bowl weekend which is usually a time that sees a spike in drunk driving.
Uber and its main competitor, Lyft, continue to face legal challenges from conventional taxi companies which contend that the ride services tied to mobile apps avoid regulations imposed on cabs by local governments.