Are Uber and Lyft responsible for reducing DUIs?
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
With a certain logic, quasi-taxi-like services such as Uber and Lyft provide a public health benefit to cities. They give the bar-hopping demographic a better way to get home at night, and, as a result, they may help cut down on DUIs.
Sommer Mathis made a great case for this idea in June at CityLab: "What if the best way to end drunk driving," she asked, "is to end driving?" Traditional cabs have long pushed this thinking, too, smartly selling their services on the inside of bathrooms stalls in popular bars.
Also worth studying: Does being rich enough to afford Uber correlate with lower likelihood of getting a DUI?
The thing is, if you live in the Marina or SOMA, you don't have to be rich to afford Uber. It's people who take it to like Palo Alto that have to be rich.
Uber is cheap for city folk but expensive for suburban folk? What a strange thing.