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Study says Uber does not reduce drunk driving fatalities

South Carolina drivers may not be less likely to cause a fatal DUI accident if they have access to Uber. A study conducted by researchers from Oxford University and the University of Southern California and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology says that the presence of Uber in a city does not reduce the incidence of drunk driving fatalities. This study runs counter to some other studies conducted on the same topic.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving did a survey in 2015 that found many people felt their friends were less likely to drive drunk with Uber available. In 2015, scientists at Temple University found that alcohol-related fatalities in vehicles went down after Uber was introduced, but they also said that they did not control for other factors. Because of that and the fact that their study was confined to only one state, researchers said that further study was needed.

This study examined 100 metropolitan areas across many states. It controlled for state laws that could lead to reduction in fatalities including taxes on alcohol, bans on texting while driving and marijuana-related legislation. It also separated alcohol-related fatalities on weekends and holidays from those at other times. In neither case did the availability of Uber reduce those fatalities. Researchers speculated that this could be because people who are drinking are not rational enough to make the decision to call Uber.

A person who is charged with drunk driving may be facing serious repercussions. These could include not just legal penalties but implications for some careers as well. People speaking to an attorney about their situation might want to think about what their goals are in defending themselves. For example, for one person, it might be critical to try and clear the record entirely. A person who already has more than one offense might want to try to avoid incarceration.

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