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Does Uber Reduce Drunk Driving?

uberdropdrunkdriving_640x359.jpgGuess what? Drunk driving has not been reduced by the popularity of Uber taxis, new research has found. The study debunks the theory that those who have over imbibed use their smartphones to arrange a safe route home instead of getting behind the wheel themselves. You would think it would be a no-brainer. The ride-hailing service picks up the usual Friday and Saturday night crowds of inebriated partiers, preventing them from drinking and driving. Thus the conclusion would be that Uber saves lives. It's a claim the company has made repeatedly, as recently as this past 4th of July. On its website it says cities with Uber have "fewer drunk drivers on the streets." . According to Uber, surveys that it has done indicated that 80 percent of participants declared that they found the company's services helpful in preventing them from driving drunk. This was a statement it made early in July when it partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), as well as local law enforcement agencies in over 25 cities. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness regarding the dangers of drunk driving, Digital Trend reports.

Drunk drivers cause deadly accidents

We've written before about the many hazards that drunk drivers post on our state's roads, and as summer approaches, the number of drivers under the influence steadily increases, hitting a peak between July 4 and Labor Day. Consider this: according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 1.1 million people arrested for DUI/DWI each year only represent about one percent of the self-reported 121 million incidents of "alcohol-impaired driving" annually. The CDC also reports that drunk drivers caused nearly 10,000 deaths in 2014 alone, which accounts for about one-third of all car crash fatalities.

Drunk Driving Prevention: How Does Florida Measure Up?

According to Channel 3 WEAR, an Escambia County Sheriff's sergeant was involved in a traffic accident recently in Cantonment. It appeared that the deputy's cruiser and an older model Ford van collided near the Raceway gas station at Highway 29 and Muscogee Road about 7:20 a.m. The deputy was transported by Escambia County to a Pensacola hospital with injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 24-year old male was traveling east on Muscogee Road in a 1996 Ford Windstar van when he made a wide right turn onto Highway 29 and into the path of a marked Escambia County Sheriff's Office 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe . The 24 year old male was charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance by the Florida Highway Patrol and booked into the Escambia County Jail . Florida could be doing more to deter DUI accidents. MADD created a five-star system for the report that looks at five different areas of measures that can be taken to prevent drunk driving accidents. The categories are as follows:

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