How Ridesharing Is Changing DUI

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized how partiers and pub-crawlers get home after a night of revelry. This is especially true in Los Angeles where ride-sharing services are booming. Before, all-night drinking and dining had been left to those pedestrian-friendly areas like New York, but now Los Angeles residents have changed how they get home without getting a DUI. Vine Pair reports on how the two companies have changed the landscape of LA nightlife.

In 2012, Uber expanded its operations to Los Angeles. Lyft followed in 2013. Before their arrival, cabs were the mainstay of transportation after a night out, aside from coordinating with a group and delegating the task of being a designated driver.

Historically, Los Angeles has revolved around the car since the death of the trolleys back in the 1930s and in the 1940s, when the 110 was completed, personally owned automobiles became the mainstay of personal transportation.

In 2011, which was prior to Uber’s arrival, there were 2,426 DUI incidents. After the arrival of Uber and Lyft, incidents have declined on a yearly basis. In 2016, there were only 1,839 incidents, indicated a 24% drop since the availability of the ride-sharing services. Tax revenues on booze in that time have increased by 9 percent, a sign some worry over. They think that the availability of ride-sharing services has led to more drinking.

Bruce Hood, bar manager and bartender at The Roger Room, said, “It’s better to take an Uber than drive [when you are planning on drinking].”

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