Despite Uber’s unpopular role in the transportation industry one thing is very clear, services like Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services have made it easier than ever to get from Point A to Point B. And because Point A is usually a place where heavy drinking occurs, the availability of these apps has become a convenient alternative to drunk driving.
Even though there are countless warnings not to get behind the wheel while inebriated, the shocking discovery the Aizman Law Firm found in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System shows just how frequently drunk driving happens and how dangerous that decision really is.
According to the data, nearly 22 fatal DUI crashes occur every day in the United States. It’s not only the frequency of these accidents that’s alarming, but also the degree of how much they’ve had to consume that leads to tragedy. More than 20 states have recorded instances of drunk drivers whose blood alcohol content (BAC) was about .40, which is .32 over the legal limit.
New Mexico had the highest recorded BAC, which was 10 times the legal limit and hit at .83. However, that isn’t even really the outlier – over one in every five U.S. states recorded a BAC of over .60. It would take the average man 30 shots or more to replicate this level of drunkenness.
In most states people are lucky enough to have always had taxis come pick them up in a timely manner. However, in Utah it’s almost impossible to get a taxi within the hour because they aren’t allowed to drive downtown looking for passengers. For this reason and many others, Uber is a one-stop shop for getting home safely. The appeal of having a person pick you up within 5 minutes and take you safely to your next destination all while using your smartphone is a luxury that we all take for granted.
So rather than spend your New Year’s Eve getting a DUI, download the Uber app today and plan ahead. Uber gets to you whether you’re in the city or suburb and has reasonable prices. Instead of driving drunk, consider what a few extra bucks means compared to a $10,000 fine and possible jail time. The answer could save a life.