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REPORT: Ride-Sharing Apps Cutting DWI’s By 32% in Some Cities

Lyft spokesperson says 88% of passengers are more likely to avoid driving while intoxicated because of Lyft

Lyft Lincoln DWI

A new report from Nebraska has found that ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber are cutting the capital city’s Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) rate by 32.02 percent, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

The year prior to Lyft’s arrival in Lincoln in 2014, Lincoln Police reported 1,379 DWI’s. Since their arrival, LPD reports there have been 342 fewer DWI arrests in 2016 than in 2013. The DWI rate has dropped each year, from just .7 percent in its first year in Lincoln to a significant 14 percent last year.

By cutting down on DWI’s, services like Lyft are preventing citizens from having their licenses revoked, keeping drivers out of jail, and saving people hundreds of dollars in fines.

“Lyft can be very beneficial, allowing people to live car-free without worrying about safe rides home,” one Lyft official told KOLN News. “In a survey, we found that 88% of passengers are more likely to avoid driving while intoxicated because of Lyft.”