A California lawmaker was arrested for DUI earlier this week after voting
to restrict ridesharing companies that may reduce drunk driving. According
to multiple news stories, the senator voted in favor of a bill that would
impose strict regulations on Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and other ridesharing
companies in California. Some believe that the bill, if successful, would
kill Uber and companies like it.
The next day, police allegedly spotted the senator driving under the influence
of alcohol. Reports claim that the senator's friends took cabs home,
while he decided to operate his own vehicle. In response to the ironic
arrest, the Uber CEO posted on his Twitter profile, "you can't
make this stuff up."
In a blog post earlier this year, Uber stated that DUIs decreased by more
than 10% in "Uber-enabled" cities, such as Seattle. While skeptics
claim that Uber's research is shaky at best, there's no denying
that Uber at least provides a safer option for drunk drivers.