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Ride-Sharing Reduces DUIs, But Car Thefts Go Up

 Friday, June 10, 2016


A new study done by two New England professors — one at Providence College and one at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts — finds the use of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft saves lives and reduces driving while intoxicated.
But, while drunk driving may drop, more cars are being stolen, the study authors said — because they’re not being used. Dr. Angela K. Dills of Providence College, and Dr. Sean Mulholland of Stonehill College looked at monthly data between 2010 and 2014 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) measured against fatal car crashes, before and after Uber entered a city, as well as crime reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).