Every day, far too many innocent people are injured or killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents. In southern California, almost every one of those deaths and fatalities are avoidable. Taxicabs, car services, and limo services are abundant, and many are accessible 24 hours a day. However, if you make a bad judgment and you’re arrested for DWI in Orange County – or if you’re innocent and falsely accused – take your case at once to an experienced Orange County DWI attorney.

Uber is one of the ride services that may be saving lives. Researchers at Temple University’s Fox School of Business analyzed California traffic and DWI statistics from the year 2009 through 2014. They found that when Uber begins operating in a market, DUI-related fatalities drop from 3.6 to 5.6 percent. The researchers projected that if Uber were extended nationwide, about 500 lives could be saved every year. The car-sharing industry has produced a number of studies “proving” that their services reduce DWI fatalities, but the Temple University research is the first to provide independent verification of that claim. The taxi industry comes under criticism from the Temple University researchers, because in cities where the taxicab industry has a powerful voice and works to limit competition, those limitations reduce the available ride options and have the effect of putting more intoxicated drivers on the road.

If you don’t use a taxi or a service like Uber, then arrange for a designated driver, a room, or a night on a friend’s couch. The penalties in California for a DWI conviction – even for a first offense – can include jail time, a steep fine, a driver’s license suspension, and long-term, non-legal consequences like higher insurance rates. There’s no reason to take the risk, but if you are arrested for DUI in Orange County, help is available. After any DWI arrest, get the legal help you need and make the call to an experienced Orange County DUI attorney as quickly as possible.