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STUDY: Uber is not decreasing drunk driving deaths

During the 4th of July weekend, Uber partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and local law enforcement agencies in 25 U.S. cities to raise awareness about drunk driving. The ride-hailing company said that in surveys it has conducted more than 80 percent have reported that Uber helps them avoid drunk driving. That could be true, but a new study doesn’t show much impact on drunk driving fatalities in cities where Uber operates, according to CNN Money.

The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. A coauthor of the study, David Kirk, from the University of Oxford said, “Obviously the rise of Uber and Lyft has been incredible, and we were curious about potential implications.”

The study tracked drunk driving fatalities from 2009 to 2104 in the 100 most populated areas in the United States. They found that during that time period, when Uber was rising quickly, there was no significant decrease in deaths overall or even during peak drinking times like weekend nights. – READ MORE