Drunk Driving Arrest
Drunk driving arrest numbers are lower than previous years for some California cities. It seems to be attributed to services like Lyft and Uber. Some of the major declines noted in the University of California at Davis studies appear in San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland. For example, there was a 32 percent decline in San Diego, a 28 percent decline in San Jose,and a 26 percent decline in Sacramento. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland fell by 14 percent.
Although, one could agree that it is because of anti DUI Campaigns or the increase in public transportation, it was shown that the numbers started dropping after the introduction of the ride-sharing services in those cities. The aggregate drop in the number of DUIs for those cities mentioned above is 2,400 for the two year period following the introduction of Lyft and Uber. Uber drivers have noted the number of drunk individuals at night has increased. So much so that some Uber drivers avoid the night time, especially on the weekend, as drunk people are often difficult to deal with on a regular basis.
Another reason why individuals will choose to hail a ride via a ride sharing app is because of parking. Often times it is cheaper to split an Uber or a Lyft instead of paying for parking. So the congestion in traffic and automobiles in the major cities mentioned in the studies also plays a factor into the drop of DUI related arrest.
Although the numbers are going down in some cities DUI Check Points and anti-driving campaigns are still continuing to happen. There were approximately 832 of them last year. It is still a worthy cause as it helps to save lives and deters people from getting an DUI Arrest.