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Uber Helps Control Drunk Driving, And there Are Other Ways Too

Around 29 people succumb to motor vehicle crashes involving drink and drive every day in the United States, which amounts to one death every 50 minutes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country suffers an annual loss of more than $44 billion due to alcohol-related crashes.

When it comes to minimizing the incidence of drink and drive crashes and subsequent casualties, the first preventive measure that comes to mind (other than not drinking and driving at all) is to find a safe alternate to get home after a night out. And in this regard, a study has come up with some interesting revelations.

According to the study, as highlighted by The New York Times, there has been a 25 to 35 percent reduction in car accidents involving a drunk driver in four boroughs of New York City (excluding Staten Island) after Uber started its operations in the town in 2011, as compared to other places where Uber doesn’t operate. In the view that these boroughs witnessed about 40 fewer collisions per month after Uber comes into play, the company definitely deserves accolades.

“We need more evidence, but the trend seems to be pointing toward ridesharing reducing drunk driving incidents,” said Jessica Lynn Peck, the study author at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Uber taxi or not, the idea is to avoid drunk driving and the related life risks in any case, and believe there are plenty of alternatives to prevent this fatal ride. The CDC recommends the following effective measures to prevent fatalities related to impaired driving:

  • Actively enforcing minimum legal drinking age laws, 0.08 percent BAC (Blood alcohol content) laws, and zero tolerance laws for drivers aged below 21 years
  • Using sobriety checkpoints where police teams stop cars at a specific location to test drivers for alcohol levels
  • Employing community-based strategies to prevent driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Increasing the unit price of alcohol by raising taxes

In addition to the above measures, authorities should put in place the requisite provisions to help driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenders with mandatory substance abuse assessment and treatment. Treating alcohol addiction will significantly discourage drunk driving.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), around one-third of people who received treatment for alcohol problems experienced no further symptoms after a year. When it comes to treating alcohol problems, it depends on the severity of the symptoms of the patient. Typically, the treatment begins with a detox, the process of eliminating toxins from body. It prepares the body for withdrawal symptoms due to abstinence. Detoxification is followed by a combination of medication and behavioral treatment such as cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT).

24/7 Recovery Helpline is engaged in helping people with alcohol related problems lead a sober life. Call our 24/7 helpline 855-441-4405 to know about effective therapies to treat alcohol-related problems near you. Alternatively, you can also chat with our trained staff for further guidance.

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