The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
"I am currently a college student at the University of South Florida. Uber has changed my life and my community in so many ways. Not only is it paying for my living expenses, it's allowing me to fully pay for a study abroad program that was only a joke before. It has made me, a 21 year old student, completely financially independent and has lifted me from the burden of financial insecurity. More importantly however, is the affect Uber has had on my community Tampa. Tampa is known as the DUI capital of Florida. While this not only ruins the lives of those who are arrested many of which are fellow students, it rips a whole in the families of the lives it claims. Every weekend by going to work as an Uber driver, I not only provide for myself, but I prevent thousands of intoxicated individuals from getting behind the wheel, by providing an affordable and excellent service. Uber has done something significant in regards to drunk driving. It has created such a stigma against it that anybody who is thinking of driving drunk now thinks "Why not just take an Uber home instead?" Drunk driving is the number one killer of people my age. For the government, those that have our backs, how can they justify a decision to remove the possibility of a safe ride home? I don't think they can, and I hope for my livelihood and the livelihood of all the Uber communities in Florida that Uber remains a staple."