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DUI rates skyrocket in city that bans ridesharing companies

Last year, Austin made headlines by imposing stringent regulation on ridesharing companies. The basic effect of these regulations was to impose the same expensive restrictions on rideshare companies, as taxi companies. To the layperson, these regulations may seem only fair. But to frequent users of cabs, it did little to deter unscrupulous and dangerous behavior among taxi drivers and only served to chase away cheaper and more efficient alternatives.

In 2014, the year that Uber began operations in Austin, drunken driving rates dropped by five percent and then another 12 percent by the end of the year. In 2014, there was an average of 525 DUI arrests a month. By May 2016, the month that Lyft and Uber left the city, that figure dropped to 358 arrests a month.

Unfortunately, in the months after Uber and Lyft left Austin, DUI rates climbed 7.5 percent and in one month, July, the police noted 476 drunken driving arrests.

Without further scientific investigation, it 's hard to draw causation from the correlated data presented by the Austin Police Department. But it is abundantly clear that rates were dropping when ride-sharing companies operated in Austin and, once they left, DUI rates began to climb precipitously.

If you were injured in an accident with a drunken driver, you might want to speak to an attorney. You have an actionable claim for personal injury whenever your injuries are caused by the negligence of another. In cases of drunken driving, the act of driving while intoxicated is the evidence that they were behavior negligently, at the least, and recklessly morel likely. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and to pay for your medical costs.

Source: Foundation for Economic Education, “Without Uber or Lyft, Austin Experiences Skyrocketing DUI Rates,” Brittany Hunter, January 4, 2016

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