Uber Saves Lives

Uber Saves Lives

New data out from my home county here in southeastern North Carolina…

According to the NC Highway Patrol, the number of drunk driving-related deaths have been down significantly in New Hanover County in recent years. Here’s a look at the numbers dating back to 2008: WECT
  • 2008 – 6
  • 2009 – 2
  • 2010 – 2
  • 2011 – 2
  • 2012 – 4
  • 2013 – 4
  • 2014 – 7
  • 2015 – 3
  • 2016 – 2
  • 2017 – 0
  • 2018 – 1 (so far this year)

If you’ll notice the numbers peaked in 2014 and then significantly dropped off reaching a bottom of zero in 2017.  Uber entered the Wilmington market in June 2014.  I wonder if the two are related? Wilmington, like other cities, had artificially capped the number of cabs that could operate in the downtown area.  This was a horrible idea, especially at 2 am when the bars let out and you had a huge spike in demand with no increase in supply.  However, once Uber entered the market and the government was no longer responsible for the supply and amazingly drunk driving deaths have gone down.  Proving that not only does Uber save lives but apparently capitalism does too.

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