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Uber says their service prevents some drunk driving incidents

Everyone may know that you aren't supposed to abstain from driving after you've had a few alcoholic beverages, but unfortunately there are many people out there who ignore this way of thinking. They go out to their local bar, restaurant or other establishment, and they put themselves over the 0.08 blood alcohol limit. Then they get behind the wheel of a car and drive off. Sometimes, this results in a traffic stop and a terribly unfortunate DUI. The following months and years can be very difficult for the individual in question.

But the question is why do so many people do this? There are taxis. There are friends and family. And, yes, as the recent tech boom has shown us, there are apps for that too.

As Roseville residents are aware, the city of San Francisco has been one of the cities in the United States to be overtaken by ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. What these companies offer is a new kind of taxi service: one that allows anyone to become a taxi driver by using their own car as the taxi.

The popularity of these ridesharing companies has steadily increased over the last couple of years, and Uber has even gone so far to say that their service doesn't just make transportation easier -- it also prevents drunk driving charges. As great as that would be, the police can't verify this claim, even though many cities that have Uber have experienced declines in drunk driving after the introduction of ridesharing services.

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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