For decades, organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have fought for tougher DUI laws and more safety features to prevent drunk driving. However, the most powerful tool in the fight against DUI may very well be in your pocket right now, as ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are being credited with a massive drop in DUI arrests and accidents.
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Ride-Sharing Is Becoming The New Designated Driver
A recent report on the Today show revealed that the number of Uber vehicles in New York City has surpassed the number of ubiquitous yellow cabs, to say nothing of other services like Lyft. A survey conducted by MADD found that 78% of interviewees have stated that they are less likely to drive impaired when these services are available.
According to data from MADD, the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities has dropped as much as 25% in many states compared to last year. In Virginia, these fatalities are down 52% in just the last two years. Statistics from Responsibility.org show a 33.9% drop in these fatalities from 2004 – 2013 here in Washington; the drop is likely far more extreme in the two years since.
Could This Be The End of DUI?
DUI rates are dropping rapidly, but there are still many DUI arrests in Washington and nationwide each year – including arrests of drunk Uber drivers. An oft-cited NHTSA report found that nearly one-third of all DUI arrestees are repeat offenders, and it may take more than an app to change the behavior of these drivers. Furthermore, while these cars are in abundance in major metropolitan areas, those in the suburbs and countryside may not be able to enjoy the same convenience.
As a Snohomish DUI defense lawyer, Attorney Mark Garka has seen the decline in DUIs firsthand. While we are obviously pleased to see people traveling more safely, it is possible that fewer DUIs could lead to more aggressive enforcement – an attempt to end DUIs, once and for all. If you've been arrested in Snohomish or the surrounding areas, call our firm today for the tough defense you need.
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