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Uber touts ridesharing as a way to combat drunk driving

Many Greenville residents have probably heard of "ridesharing," a relatively new concept that was born by the tech industry. Ridesharing is very simple: it takes the concept of taxis and makes the job available for everyone. Using a cellphone app, any person could use their own personal vehicle as a taxi, and then pick people up who use the app and drive them to their destination for a nominal fee.

Companies like Uber and Lyft have dominated this new industry, and have thrived by revolutionizing the way taxis work. Taxi companies, meanwhile, have struggled to stay ahead of the curve. This is a major shift in society -- but there is another way that these ridesharing companies are apparently impacting the world.

According to Uber, ridesharing has led to a reduction in drunk driving. On the surface this seems plausible, and indeed some cities have experienced a decline in drunk driving cases that coincides with the introduction of ridesharing apps in those cities. However, this assertion can't be proven as the data simply isn't available to link a decline in drunk driving charges with the introduction (and proliferation) of ridesharing companies.

Regardless of whether or not Uber and Lyft really do impact drunk driving, it goes without saying that anyone who enjoys a few too many drinks should avoid getting behind the wheel of a car. Drunk driving charges are obviously very serious, and the consequences for such an act are extensive. Hailing a taxi or reserving a ride through Uber should be your plan for when you need a ride home.

Source: LAist, "Uber Says They're Reducing DUI Arrests, But Police Say There's No Way To Tell," Jean Trinh, July 23, 2014

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