Are Ride Sharing Companies Reducing Philadelphia Car Accident Numbers?

Each week in the city of Philadelphia, hundreds of motorists are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. New transportation services that have been introduced in the area recently may be significantly impacting the number of Philadelphia car accidents associated with intoxicated driving—and in a good way.

Reports indicate the city recorded an average of around 1,262 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests per month between January 2004 and January 2013. By the end of 2013—when all ride sharing services were in effect in Philadelphia—that number plummeted by more than 11 percent to an average of around 1,121 DUI arrests per month. According to an article from NBC-Philadelphia News, the decrease in DUI arrests among drivers under the age of 30-years-old was even greater.

In response to these findings, ride sharing company Uber has partnered with the nonprofit organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in an effort to raise funds to combat intoxicated driving. For every ride that is taken through Uber, the company will donate $1 to MADD’s cause.

At Lundy Law, our team of Philadelphia personal injury attorneys has seen the devastating results drunk or drugged driving can have. That’s why the firm encourages you to stay safe and possibly support a good cause by using taxis or ride sharing services if you’ve had too much to drink.