SF Police Hope Ride Sharing Company Will Help Improve Safety, Cut Down On DWI Arrests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– With Lyft possibly in route to Sioux Falls, police are hoping the ride sharing company helps improve public safety and will cut down on the number of DWI arrests they make each year.

For the last three years, Sioux Falls Police have arrested more than 11-hundred people for DWI each year in the city. So far this year, police have arrested 985 people for DWI. Despite campaigns to curb the numbers, police say they have stayed pretty consistent.

Police say having another way for people to get home safely could make the difference. However, Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens says it would depend on how many people use the company.

“One of the things that would maybe be interesting; I don’t know if there’s any way to track it, but are the people that would be using Lyft, would they have traditionally taken a cab home or are these new people that maybe would have driven themselves, now they’re using Lyft?” Clemens asked.  “I guess, we’ll just have to wait and see and hopefully the numbers do decrease.”

When Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris heard that Lyft may be expanding to South Dakota, but had no immediate plans for the Rapid City market, he took to twitter saying, “I’m hopeful @lyft will expand to RC and will improve traffic safety. #<DUI.”

According to the National Center of Statistics and Analysis, South Dakota saw 116 fatal crashes in 2016. In 52 of them, the driver had alcohol, a BAC of .01 or higher, in their system.

City officials couldn’t provide a timeline as to when Sioux Falls residents will actually be able to use the app and hail a cab.

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