Drunk driving leads to 28 deaths each day in the United States. It’s taken more than 10,000 lives per year. With a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02, you’re already losing judgment and feel more relaxed than usual. As the BAC gets higher, you steadily lose more control. But whether or not your BAC is .02 or .15, you’re not in any condition to drive. Unfortunately, people might still think they’re in good condition to drive, so they do and run the risk of injuring or killing themselves or others on the road.
How do we stop drunk driving? We don’t have the answer to that yet, but some actions help reduce drunk driving. In Springfield, Missouri, Uber might be helping bring those numbers down.
The City Council brought Uber to Springfield in November 2016. In that time, the number of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) arrests have decreased.
This is a safe option that takes away the reason for people to drink and drive, especially on weekends. People going out don’t have to worry about how they’re getting home or how they’re getting their car home because they can call an Uber to take them.
In its first four months, Springfield had an average of 47 DWI arrests per month. Compared to the previous months which had an average of 55 DWI arrests per month, Uber seems to be helping the problem.
It should be noted that Springfield’s DWI arrests had been decreasing before Uber came. There are many other factors to consider when looking at DWI averages. For example, in 2014 Greene County created a policy where police officers could test blood when someone wasn’t taking the breathalyzer test. This could have acted as an incentive to not drink and drive.
While there are varying conclusions on whether or not Uber is helping reduce the amount of DWIs, they are providing solutions to a problem that takes so many lives.
Anyone can use the Uber app with their cell phone to arrange for an Uber to pick them up at their location. It’s simple and a much safer option than driving drunk.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident where the other person was at fault and under the influence, the Law Office of Mike Campbell might be able to help. Call us today at (573) 607-1818 and we’ll discuss your options.