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June 9, 2021

Implications of Ridesharing on Alcohol-Associated Motor Vehicle Crashes: Not Behind the Wheel

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dean’s Office, Medical College, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 3Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 4Deputy Editor, JAMA Surgery
  • 5Dean’s Clinical Research Fellowship Program, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
JAMA Surg. Published online June 9, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.2236

Nearly one-third of all traffic-associated fatalities are associated with alcohol-impaired driving in the US.1 In 2018, 2.7 million people were reportedly injured in motor vehicle crashes (MVCs), of which 10 511 fatalities were attributable to alcohol-impaired driving.2 In recent years, the national rate of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities has steadily declined from 0.36 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009 to 0.33 per 100 million in 2018, owing to a combination of public health and law enforcement interventions, including sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and strict sanctions for those who break the law in various states.2,3

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