Safe Ride Programs: Alternatives to Impaired Driving


The Traffic Injury Research Foundation published a literature review of safe ride home programs as alternatives to alcohol-impaired driving, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. Studies included in this literature review were identified through a systematic search of online catalogues of relevant libraries. Approximately 40 articles and studies were reviewed and included in this literature review after searching the online catalogues and libraries using a variety of key terms. The review included a variety of safe ride programs, including: taxi services, public transportation, as well as both for-profit and non-profit safe ride programs.

In 2015, more than 32,000 persons were killed in the United States as a result of motor vehicle crashes; 10,265 of these deaths involved an alcohol-impaired driver (NHTSA 2016). One solution to help reduce alcohol-impaired driving is the use of safe ride home programs. The main objective of this study was to summarize the existing literature on the effect of safe ride home programs on impaired driving arrests, crashes, and fatalities. The available evidence suggests safe ride home programs are a promising method to decrease incidents of alcohol-impaired driving, but further exploration of these effects is necessary to conclude these programs are definitively effective.

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