- December 16, 2015

Travis County Sheriff: Uber And Lyft Help Fix Austin’s Drunk Driving Epidemic


Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton is asking the City of Austin to reconsider the “onerous regulations” the city council is hoping to adopt, adding ridesharing companies—such as Uber and Lyft—have helped to decrease the drunk driving epidemic in Austin.

According to Sheriff Hamilton, DWI arrests in Austin increased from 2011 to 2013. The statistics were recorded by the Austin Police Department. In 2013, transportation network companies (TNC) Uber and Lyft began their operations in Austin, decreasing DWI’s over the next two years.