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Study shows Uber does not reduce drunk driving fatalities

Washington residents may be interested to learn that the introduction of major ride-sharing services such as Uber have not reduced the number of deaths caused by drunk driving accidents. According to research conducted by researchers at Oxford University and the University of Southern California, the data from 100 major metropolitan areas did not bolster the claims that Uber was making roads safer.

There have been a few prior studies that have shown a reduction in drunk driving deaths where the app was available. However, a 2015 study that showed a correlation between the introduction of Uber and a decrease in drunk driving deaths only used data from one state and did not control for other factors. The latest study utilizes data from 100 different metropolitan areas and controlled for state laws that could potentially have an effect on fatalities caused by drunk driving. Ultimately, researchers found that the introduction of Uber did not reduce drunk driving fatalities.

The authors of the study thought that this was because drunk people may not want to pay money for Uber services. This essentially means that more improvements will need to be made in order to reduce drunk driving fatalities. In response, an Uber spokesperson stated that the company was glad to offer an alternative way to get home for those who had been out drinking.

People who have been charged with drunk driving can face significant penalties if convicted, including fines and potential incarceration. As such, they may want to have legal assistance in developing a strategy to combat the charges. Possibilities could include a criminal defense attorney challenging the constitutionality of the traffic stop that led to the arrest.

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