Archinect - News 2017-08-19T14:54:30-04:00 New study finds ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber have no effect on drunk-driving fatalities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-02T17:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T17:56:21-04:00 <img src="" width="625" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The introduction of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft hasn't had any impact on the number of fatalities related to drunken driving, a newly published study finds. Researchers at the University of Southern California and Oxford University looked at the 100 most populated metropolitan areas, analyzing data from before and after the introduction of Uber and its competitors, and found that access to ride-sharing apps had no effect on traffic fatalities related to drinking alcohol.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Uber has claimed previously that its services help decrease instances of drunk-driving, by providing an easy alternative to inebriated drivers. Uber cites a study it did with MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, that found "anecdotal evidence" in line with this popular belief, as well as a report by Temple University that pointed to "a&nbsp;correlation between decreased alcohol-related driving fatalities and the introduction of Uber services in California."</p><p>Temple University's report didn't control for other variables that could have affected the rate of drunk-driving fatalities, and was focused in California. The takeaway from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the USC/Oxford study</a> seems to be that ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft do not necessarily help curb drunk-driving incidents any more than taxis, when all such services are just as accessible.</p><p>More on ride-sharing:</p><ul><li><a title="Without Uber or Lyft, Austin turns to Facebook for rides" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Uber or Lyft, Austin turns to Facebook for rides</a></li><li><a title="A look at the history and future of the American commute" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the history and future of the American commute</a></li><li><a title="Data Crunching the Uberization of New York City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Data Crunching the Uberization of Ne...</a></li></ul> NM Mayor: I Was Quite Drunk When I Signed Those $1 Million Contracts Paul Petrunia 2011-08-05T13:26:01-04:00 >2011-08-06T19:38:55-04:00 <img src="" width="320" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to court documents, Resendiz admitted in a June 2010 deposition that he was drunk when he signed nine contracts with the architectural design firm Synthesis+ for $1 million worth of work.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Found via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this discussion in the Forum</a>.</p>