DUI arrests declining thanks to ride sharing?
DUI arrests declining thanks to ride sharing?
A University of California study shows that DUI arrests have dropped. The study attributes the 14% decline in the Los Angeles area to ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Some areas of California have seen more significant drops. San Diego, for example, saw an almost one-third reduction in drunk driving arrests between 2015 and 2016.

The change hasn’t happened overnight. The San Diego Police Department says that they’ve steadily logged fewer drunk driving arrests over the last five years. But does the availability ride sharing really decrease drunk driving?

Another study co-authored by researchers at the University of Southern California and Oxford University found no relationship between ride sharing and drunk driving arrests or fatalities. A Temple University study found that ride sharing services decreased drunk driving arrests by 10% in Seattle. The same study concluded that ride sharing services decreased impaired driving arrests by 18% in Baton Rouge, LA. Ride sharing services began operating in Western New York state in late December 2017. Authorities there credited them with reducing drunk driving arrests, however the county has shown a five-year decreasing DUI arrest trend.

Many law enforcement agencies say that they can’t fully attribute reduced arrest rates with ride sharing services. They do agree, however, that they welcome anything that reduces impaired driving arrests.

Los Angeles DUI attorney

When you face a drunk driving arrest, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He fights aggressively for his clients, and will fight for you.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, and will work directly with you to build your defense. Drunk driving arrests can have a major impact on your life. Besides the suspension of your driver’s license, you can face jail time, fines and other sanctions upon conviction.

Don’t trust your future to an inexperienced attorney or one who won’t fight for your rights and freedoms in court.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.

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