Now that ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have been around for a while, data regarding the impacts of using ride-sharing services are starting to emerge. For example, recent studies have shown that some California cities have reduced DUI arrests by approximately thirty percent during the two years that the services have been available in those places. San Diego boasts the most significant reduction, with a thirty-two percent decrease. San Jose and Sacramento both come close to thirty percent with twenty-eight percent and twenty-six percent reductions respectively. Even Los Angeles and San Francisco are reporting a decrease in DUI arrests, with fourteen percent fewer arrests than there had been before ride sharing became available.
When you add the numbers together for the various metropolitan areas that have reported reductions in DUI arrests, the past two years had seen over two thousand four hundred fewer arrests than there would have been if the arrest rate had remained the same as it had been before ride-sharing services arrived. The earliest ride-sharing programs got their start around 2009, but some areas did not get them until more recently, around 2015.
People who use ride-sharing services do so for a variety of reasons. Avoiding driving under the influence of alcohol is the second most common reason for using ride-sharing services, accounting for over thirty percent of rides purchased. People who use ridesharing also report using the services most often on Friday and Saturday nights, so that they can go out and enjoy themselves responsibly. Rideshare drivers are encouraged to enjoy themselves on the weekends while providing their customers with a safe ride home. Many restaurants and nightspots offer discounts on non-alcoholic drinks and food purchases for rideshare drivers.
Police are pleased with some of the outcomes that they see with ride sharing. If you get a ride with a Lyft or Uber driver, you’ll still go through DUI checkpoints – however, you won’t be in the driver’s seat, and that makes all of the difference. Unfortunately, while DUI arrests have declined in California, fatal crashes caused by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol increased nearly twenty percent from 2015 to 2016. These crashes were not evenly distributed throughout the state. Many of them occurred outside of the urban areas that reported decreases in DUI arrests.
Calling a ride share service is a great way to avoid risking a DUI arrest. If your driving privileges have been suspended because of a DUI, ride sharing is an excellent way to get where you need to go without driving yourself. If you have been arrested for DUI, it is vital that you contact an Orange County DUI defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. DUI arrests and convictions can have far-reaching effects on your life, and your rights and your freedom are at stake. Your attorney can help you pursue the best possible result in your California DUI case.