It seems rideshare services are doing some good. A study published in JAMA Surgery finds that the availability of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft in Houston, Texas, reduced the number of convictions for impaired driving in the city by 24 percent during a six-year period.
Over the same time period, the city also saw a similar drop in the number of injuries from motor vehicle crashes.
Study co-author Dr. Christopher Conner says, “Rideshares are a convenient and reliable way to get home after going out. This is a vital piece of the discussion when we discuss what services rideshares offer and what we are willing to pay for them.”