Assessing the Impact of Ridesharing Services on Public Health and Safety Outcomes
By Marlon Graf
Ridesharing companies have emphasized the potential of their services to help reduce drunk driving. Ridesharing services also fill gaps in existing transportation networks by providing cheaper, on-demand alternatives to taxis and public transportation in traditionally underserved neighborhoods.
The findings of this report link a higher intensity of Google Trends in a specific metro area to a reduction in both overall and alcohol-involved traffic fatalities.
The report explains however, that it is difficult to establish a definitive causal mechanism between search trends and the underlying phenomenon of interest. The results of the study therefore remain exploratory in nature.