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Safety tips to remember while using ride-share apps

By: Paige Hubbard 

Here are some tips to stay safe while using ride-share apps.

Samantha Josephson was a 21-year-old college student that was killed after getting into the wrong uber in South Carolina.

Surveillance footage captured Josephson entering into a car around 2 am after leaving a bar. The footage showed her casually getting into the car, 14 hours later hunters found her body in a field 90 miles away.

“It sickens us to think that his face was the last thing my baby girl saw on his earth,” said Samantha’s mother at the killer’s court hearing.

According to the police, the driver employed the child lock features so she was not able to escape even if she tired.

More than 100 sexual assaults were reported from passengers who use ride-share apps like Lyft or Uber.

Safety can start before you even get into the car. Here are just a few tips to remember while using Uber or Lyft to protect your safety.

1. Be aware of your surroundings
Always look around you to see if there is any suspicious activity going on.

2. Travel together
Seymour Josephson, Samantha’s father said: “If there’s two of you something is likely to happen.”
Especially if you’ve been out drinking.

3. Call the Uber or Lyft from inside if you can
This way you’re not looking vulnerable out on the street and it lessens the chance for an imposter to pick you up.

4. Check the license plate
Before you even get into the car make sure the license plate on the app matches the plate on the car also check the photo of the driver to make sure you are inside of the correct car.

5. Send your location to a friend or loved one while in route
This way someone can monitor that you are in route heading to the correct destination.

6. Make the drive say your name before you get in.
This is just another way to ensure that you are getting into the right car and it makes the driver acknowledge you are the correct person for pick up.

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