Photo of DUI arrest of a student via Jeffrey Smith/Flickr.

Photo of DUI arrest of a student via Jeffrey Smith/Flickr.

Drunk and drugged driving arrests have dropped by 32% in San Diego, 28% in San Jose, 26% in Sacramento and 14% in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco-Oakland area since 2011 due to the popularity of ride-hailing services, reports the Mercury News.

Experts from the University of California at Davis and research firm Third Digital World conducted studies and believe the trend is likely due to the availability of ride-sharing services. There have been over 2,400 fewer arrests two years after ride-sharing arrived in those cities compared to two years prior, reports the Mercury News.

Ridesharing services in those cities commenced at various times between 2009 and 2015.

Fatalities due to intoxicated drivers remain a critical concern, because DUI fatalities increased 16.3% from 911 in 2015 to 1,059 in 2016.

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