App driven, ride-sharing services help reduce drunk driving incidents, according to a recent study conducted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Uber. Nearly four out of five respondents said that because of ride-sharing apps, they were less likely to drive themselves home after drinking. Also, 57% said that they would have ended up driving, even after they’d been drinking, if ride-sharing apps did not exist.
A total of 807 adults participated in this survey, and it was conducted in 19 Uber-operating cities in December 2014. The study also emphasized the 6.5% decrease or 60 fewer drunk driving-related crashes in California after Uber began offering its service in 2012. Two-thirds of the respondents also said they wanted national leaders to exert more efforts weeding out drunk drivers.
Uber’s Strategy Chief David Plouffe says this shows that people are changing their behavior, particularly when they’re out having drinks. Plouffe also said that their partnership with MADD is not limited only on this poll, a statement backed by the president of MADD Colleen Sheehey-Church. Church said they’re aiming for a future with no more victims.
Drunk and distracted driving statistics
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of the 30,000 driving-related deaths in the U.S. in 2013 involved drunk driving. This figure has remained stable since 2009. According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes. Per the nationwide findings, almost 80% of all crashes and 65% of near-crashes involved driver inattention, to a certain extent, three seconds before the incident took place. In Kentucky, over 163 fatalities and more than 9,000 injuries were recorded in the 52,500 collisions that involved driving distraction. These figures represent 43% of the total crashes and 25% of the total deadly crashes that occurred on Kentucky roads in 2014.
It’s not wrong to attend a party and enjoy a drink or two. However, it’s extremely dangerous to insist on driving after doing so. It not only puts you in danger, but it also exposes others to harm. As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I highly encourage you to have someone drive you home, hire a cab or use a ride-sharing service. The fare may be higher, but it’s not as high as the risks that are involved in a drunk driving accident. I can’t say this enough, please don’t drink and drive.