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August 3, 2021

Ridesharing Services May Reduce Alcohol-Associated Car Crashes

JAMA. 2021;326(5):378. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.11306

The introduction of the ridesharing service Uber in Houston 7 years ago appears to have resulted in a significant decrease in trauma from motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) and convictions for impaired driving. Drunk driving is involved in approximately one-third of MVCs.

A study published in JAMA Surgery analyzed 23 491 motor vehicle injuries treated at 2 major trauma centers, 93 742 impaired driving convictions, and 24 million Uber rides. The investigators compared traumas resulting from MVCs before and after Uber was introduced in Houston in February 2014.