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August 6 2018

Millennial Monday: Fewer Young People Arrested for DUI Thanks to Ride-Sharing

by Betsy Pearson

Ride –sharing has changed the way millennials live. With apps like Uber and Lyft, young people find themselves behind the wheel less and less. A side effect of this is that less people are drunk driving.

Miami Herald reported last week that in South Florida—a place known for the club scene—DUI arrests have decreased thanks to millennials using Uber and Lyft. Miami police Lt. Joaquin Freire stated, “Ride-sharing has definitely impacted things. Everybody now with their Smartphones, there’s always an Uber around. Uber and Lyft have definitely made an impact.”

This is great news, and it appears that this phenomenon is much larger than just the Miami area. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey, “Young adults have seen also seen the greatest reductions in drunken driving prevalence over the past 13 years.”

Uber and Lyft are essential for cities that don’t have much of a public transportation system—and even in a place like D.C., the metro closes earlier than the bars. These apps provide an easy and safe way home, regardless of the time of night. Millennials should be grateful that they have this option easily available for their nights on the town.

Technology and innovation have once more made our communities safer.

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