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Ride-Sharing to the Rescue? How Uber and Lyft Can Prevent Drunk Driving in Louisiana

In the old days, people who spent their leisure time drinking alcohol had to worry about how they would arrive home safely. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are spreading to cities around the country, offering intoxicated people safe and easy transportation alternatives. These services might help prevent drunk driving in Louisiana. New Orleans, a city known for its crazy night life, has likely benefited from ride-sharing services. Baton Rouge is another city that has benefited from Uber. According to city councilmembers in Baton Rouge, DUI arrests have decreased by 18 percent because Uber is available. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has also compiled its own data to show how ride-sharing services are preventing drunk driving around the country. In the report ‘More Options, Shifting Mindsets, Driving Better Choices’, MADD claimed drunk driving accidents for motorists under 30 have decreased by 6.5 percent in California. In Seattle, drunk driving arrests…
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How Drunk Driving Accidents Ruin Lives

Ethan Couch, known as the “affluenza teenager”, is on his way back to the United States after fleeing to Mexico and being caught by authorities. With the case catching national headlines, the press is once again talking about how victims and families are affected by drunk driving accidents. Ethan Couch was 16 years old when he was sentenced to 10 years of probation for a drunk driving accident that killed four people and injured 12 others. One of his victims was paralyzed and can now only communicate by blinking. Unfortunately, cases much like this one are common. We briefly discussed this topic in a blog two weeks ago, but more needs to be said. Accident survivors and family members face both monetary and emotional struggles. The teenager hurt by Ethan Couch will not only have millions of dollars in medical and rehabilitation bills, but decades of lost income potential in…
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Does Louisiana Having a Driving Safety Problem?

Louisiana was recently named as the 5th worst state in the country for driving safety by insurance website, Carinsurancecomparison.com. According to the website, Louisiana motorists have more fatal car accidents per miles travelled than 45 other states. The website responsible for compiling the data ranked Louisiana the worst place for driving two years ago by using numbers compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even if the numbers provided by the website are incorrect, and they may be, there are always ways we can continue to make our state safer a safer place for driving. 3 Ways We Can Improve Driving Safety in Louisiana Distracted driving has become a major cause of fatal car accidents among drivers under the age 25. In 2013, 3,154 people died from distracted driving, and 27 percent were in their 20s. Another 424,000 motorists were injured. Texting behind the wheel is not the only…
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