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How ride-sharing companies impact the world of DUIs

Ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are very controversial, even though the service is a simple idea: everyone can become their own self-employed taxi driver, helping people get from point A to point B. Obviously, since this is such an open service, there have been some problems, such as ensuring that people who become drivers for Uber are safe and professional individuals. Other issues include local laws pertaining to ride-sharing and the taxi industry itself which, understandably, isn't too thrilled about these companies coming in and taking over their turf.

But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it is that these ride-sharing companies have made taxi-like transportation much more efficient and open, and thus, it has been easier than ever to leave your car at home and just ride with someone else. If you're planning on having fun with your friends at a bar at night, these ride-sharing companies are a blessing.

Ride-sharing companies are undoubtedly making it easier for people who have had a few drinks to skip the driving part of the evening and get home in a safe and responsible manner. This is tremendous. However, some people may not have access to Uber or Lyft, or they may not want to use it. For these people, if they make the mistake of drinking and driving, we need to remember that they are indeed people with hopes, dreams and feelings.

They have made a mistake, and they will need to defend themselves accordingly. DUIs are very serious charges that carry immense penalties.

Source: WBRC, "Ride-sharing services save lives by stopping drunken driving," Lauren Squires, Nov. 25, 2015

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