According to an article published in the
Miami Herald, DUI arrests have been going down in the South Florida area. DUI arrests
made by Miami-Dade’s two largest police departments have substantially
dropped over the last four years. In 2017, DUIs were down by 65% when
compared to arrests from 2017. Between 2013 and 2015, Miami-Dade police
arrested more than 1,500 people each year. In 2017, only 594 people were
arrested for DUI charges.
Miami’s DUIs arrests dropped as well. Police in the city arrested
461 people on
DUI charges in 2013. That number decreased by 31% over the next two years.
Why Are DUIs Decreasing in South Florida?
Most people are crediting ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft for
the dramatic decline in DUI arrests. Studies show that as these ride-sharing
services increased in popularity, DUI arrests in the South Florida area
dropped. Others suggest that DUI arrests are declining because the public
is more educated about the issue.
David Pinsker, Florida’s executive director for Mothers Against Drunk
Driving, said, “The reality is, it’s really hard to know the
complete impact. I think it’s just really hard to pinpoint exactly
what ride-sharing has done. We know it’s had an impact. I can say
that certainly. But I can’t put a number on it.”
When it comes to national DUI arrest statistics, a 2017 study on whether
ride-sharing is responsible for a lower DUI rate or accidents produced
mixed results. The study was conducted by researchers at Perelman School
of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and looked at data from
four cities that had ride-sharing services, stopped, and then started
the service up again.
In Portland, Oregon, DUIs dropped by nearly 60% when ride-sharing services
were available. San Antonio, Texas saw similar numbers, but DUIs in Reno,
Nevada didn’t really change.
Miami-Dade police have a DUI squad composed of one sergeant and five officers,
this unit is sometimes joined by up to 15 other units to look for drunk
drivers. According to Alvaro Zabaleta, Miami-Dade police Detective and
spokesman, DUI arrests have dropped because of increased enforcement,
collaboration with MADD, and more millennials preferring to let others
do the driving. “I think all of it together is where I feel the
success has come from,” said Zabaleta.
Speaking about DUI arrests in South Florida, Miami Police Lt. Joaquin Freire
said, “Ride-sharing has definitely impacted things. Everybody now
with their Smartphones, there’s always an Uber around. Uber and
Lyft have definitely been an impact. But we’re still out there.”
Sarasota DUI Defense Attorneys
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