Precautions to take when using ride sharing services

Hampden County

Uber said they have been working with law enforcement and college campuses across the country to educate people on how to avoid fake-ride share drivers. 

South Carolina University student Samantha Josephsen was abducted and killed by a man last Friday, who Josephsen thought was her Uber driver. Police said surveillance video showed her getting into a black Chevy Impala, but was never seen again.

Uber lists the safety precautions riders should take on their website.

The Uber app also provides the user the model and make of the Uber car, license plate, and a picture of the driver who is picking you up.

Jaysona Kennedy of Holyoke told 22News, “I know on the app it tells you their car so you know who it is and it has their picture, so you have to judge a little bit but that’s to make sure you are safe though.”

“I have daughters so I make them check the license of the car and the driver who is picking them up to make sure they stay safe. And I always make sure I check on them when they get in the car,” said Carolyn Johnson of Springfield.

Uber also recommends waiting for your ride indoors, sharing your trip with a friend, and sitting in the back seat.

The suspect, Nathaniel David Rowland, was charged with kidnapping and murder in the disappearance of Samantha Josephsen.

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