Uber caused 10% reduction in DUI arrests in Seattle

|By: Stephen Shaw

With Uber rising to 8 million active customers, it’s not a leap to suggest DUI could be reduced. It’s almost common knowledge an average DUI can run around $10,000 for a first offense, which includes a victim impact panel, online DUI school, attorney & court fees as well as a suspended license. Compared to a $15 fare for a ride home it’s a no-brainer.

Temple University even put out a paper last year that showed with access to cheap ride sharing services, drinkers were more likely to choose that service than drive home while drunk, avoiding a DUI. We investigated the data ourselves in Seattle & San Francisco to observe how drunk driving crime stats were affected when Uber entered the market.

We estimate the entrance of Uber into Seattle caused DUI arrests to decrease by 10%. The results are statistically significant based upon the data. The graph below describes the “Uber effect” relative to average DUI/DWIs. We also measured the impact of marijuana legalization, which seems to have increased drunk driving.

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