Safer to use Uber or Lyft or risk a San Diego DUI?

Uber and Lyft Drivers

If you’re faced with the choice of risking a San Diego DUI or taking Uber, it’s a no-brainer – take Uber, say lawyers.  Nobody wants the $15,000 San Diego DUI Holiday Mistake, San Diego DUI attorneys emphasize.  It’s not just money we are talking about; it’s your driver’s license, your job, your freedom and your time.

Make sure the Uber driver is sober. A San Diego Uber driver was arrested for DUI after hitting a party bus and running a red light.

Uber drivers have also been known to drive their passengers while drunk.

Make sure the Uber driver is not involved in criminal activity. 4 people with reputed LA gang ties were held in fatality involving car with “Uber” decal.

A San Diego County Uber driver was arrested and charged with the rape of an intoxicated person.

What about Lyft? If you’re a female, you need to know about some of the news stories and wonder about the quality of background check.  In San Diego, one woman reportedly used Lyft after drinking rather than driving and risk a San Diego DUI.  She allegedly had her waist and backside rubbed while the driver suggested she give him some love after she vomited and he wanted a $200 cleaning fee or “some love.”

Another woman too a Lyft ride near USC.   When she got out, the driver allegedly grabbed her backside.  She used an app called “LiveSave” – which makes direct contact with safety officials – to contact campus police.  He was arrested for sexual assault.  That driver also did some work for Uber.   Ouch.

Reports are growing.  Police are making arrests.  So, what’s it going to be – risk sexual or even possibly a worse attack or risk a San Diego DUI?  Maybe taxis are not so bad after all.  Read on.

Austin police reportedly are investigating alleged sex assaults by both Uber & Lyft drivers.

One thorough site says:

“Uber’s process for onboarding drivers is dangerously negligent. Neither Uber nor Lyft uses fingerprints or law enforcement to background-check their drivers. Uber fights fingerprints. And Uber doesn’t even bother to meet with drivers in person before allowing them to ferry passengers. Rideshare safety tips for female drivers and solo travelers

Uber and Lyft may shut down in California – see this article.

The result is a series of incidents involving “ridesharing” passengers being harmed and criminal offenders behind the wheel:

Deaths | Assaults | Sexual Assaults | Kidnappings | Felons | Imposters | Driver DUIs & Other

Alleged Assaults by Uber and Lyft Drivers

Alleged Sexual Assaults and Harassment Incidents by Uber and Lyft Drivers

Los Angeles Uber Driver Accused of Sexual Battery after Allegedly Groping USC Student (11/22/15)

Uber Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Passenger in Denver, CO (11/19/15)

Lyft Driver Held at $1 Million Bond After Allegedly Raping Passenger in Dallas, TX (11/16/15)

Austin, TX Police Investigating 7 Cases of Alleged Sexual Assault by Uber, Lyft Drivers (11/13/15)

British Uber Driver Gets 8 Months in Jail For Sexually Assaulting a Passenger (11/5/15)

‘Ridesharing’ Driver Charged with Allegedly Raping a British Tourist in Sydney, Australia (10/22/15)

Community Advocacy Director at Austin, Texas Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention and Counseling NonprofitSafePlace Testifies the Organization Has Counseled 4 Victims of Sexual Assault by TNC Drivers in 3 Months (10/16/15)

Uber Driver Sought for Alleged Sexual Assault in Toronto in June, 2015 (9/25/15)

Toronto Uber Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Passenger in His Vehicle (9/17/15)

Woman in Ohio Allegedly Sexually Assaulted by Uber Driver (9/10/15)

Uber Driver in New Jersey Accused of Raping a Female Customer (8/28/15)

An Uber Driver in China Charged with Robbery and Rape (8/26/15)

Philadelphia Uber Driver Accused of Rape in June Loses Bail Request (8/12/15)

Uber Driver Accused of Kidnapping and Raping a Female Passenger in South Carolina (8/12/15)

Uber Driver Charged with Sexual Battery in Virginia (8/6/15)

Uber Driver Accused of Sexual Assault in Dallas (8/1/15)

Uber Driver Allegedly Caught Masturbating In Front of Female Passenger in India (7/22/15)

Uber Driver Linked by DNA Evidence, Witness Accounts to Five Other Sexual Assaults in Boston between 2006 and 2010(7/14/15)

Uber Driver in Chicago Allegedly Exposes Himself to a Female Passenger, Uber Admits He Should Have Failed Background Check (6/26/15)

Virginia Mother Alleges Uber Driver Molested Her 13-year-old Daughter (6/16/15)

Lyft Driver in Seattle Allegedly Drags Customer Behind Car After Demanding Sex (6/5/15)

Uber Driver in New Jersey Fondles Himself in Backseat with Female Passenger (6/3/15)

Uber New Delhi Molestation Case: Uber Cab Driver Suspended After He Molested Female Passenger in Gurgaon (6/1/15)

Mississauga, Canada, Uber driver is facing a charge of sexual assault after allegedly assaulting a female passenger (5/20/15)

University of Southern California Student Says Uber Driver Raped Her After Party (5/1/15)

New York Woman Says Uber Driver Grabbed, Assaulted Her (4/30/15)

Wisconsin Woman Tells Police Uber Driver Inappropriately Touched Her (4/28/15)

Houston Uber Driver Accused of Rape Started Work After 14 Years in Federal Prison (4/7/15)

Houston Uber Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting Customer (4/2/15)

Uber Driver Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges in Paris (3/25/15)

Philadelphia Woman Says She Was Raped and Kidnapped by an UberX Driver (3/24/15)

Uber Driver Investigated After Alleged Sexual Assault in Mar Vista, California (2/3/15)

Chicago Uber Driver Charged with Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint and kidnapping of 21-year-old male passenger (1/14/15)

Uber Driver Arrested Over Alleged Sexual Assault in Melbourne, Australia (1/10/15)

London Uber Driver Asks Rider for Oral Sex (12/11/14)

Uber Driver in India Accused of Rape (12/8/14)

Orlando Uber Passenger Allegedly Touched by Uber Driver (9/25/14)

Three San Francisco Women Say Uber Driver Sexually Harassed Them (9/25/14)

DC Uber Driver Accused of Molesting Rider (7/28/14)

Uber Driver Charged with Fondling Passenger in Chicago (4/10/14)

New York-based Journalist Sexually Harassed and Stalked by Uber Driver (3/28/14)

DC Uber Driver Arrested for Alleged Rape but Not Charged Despite Strong Evidence (9/14/13)

“Rideshare” Driver Sends Seemingly Endless Amount of Creepy Text Messages to Rider (7/16/13)

Alleged Kidnappings by Uber Drivers

Felons Behind the Wheel

Driver DUIs & Other Offenses


Uber and MADD want to claim Uber is responsible for a national drop in DUI arrests. There may be a lot of factors, but maybe so.

If you pay attention to the pronouncements of people like Chris Sacca, the billionaire Uber investor, you might think the reduction is incontrovertible. In reality, though, it’s hard to know just what the real effect of Uber on DUI driving has been because, for all the company’s claims on the matter, the available information remains scant. There exists data to support the contention that Uber has reduced DUI where studies were conducted:

A Temple University study showed a reduction in drinking and driving deaths of between 3.6 and 5.6 percent on weekdays between 2009 to 2014 in California cities that allowed UberX to operate. No impact was found on weekends.

In a 2014 post, Uber reported a 10 percent decrease in DUI arrests in Seattle following the company’s entry into the market.

Based on a report Uber co-authored with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the company asserted it was responsible for preventing as many as 1,800 drunk driving crashes in California over a roughly three year period starting in 2012.

The choice of getting a San Diego DUI vs. being sexually approached by a ride service driver makes life unnecessarily difficult.



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