South Carolina Legislators Looking into Ridesharing Laws After Student Death
SOUTH CAROLINA – According to a story published online at postandcourier.com, some legislators in South Carolina are looking into the possibility of new laws pertaining to ridesharing companies, after a student was killed last month. The student got into a vehicle that she believed was her Uber ride, and investigators believe she was murdered by the driver.*
Ridesharing companies have drawn some negative attention after the death of a University of South Carolina student in March. The young woman requested an Uber through the company’s mobile app, after being out with friends. At about 1:30 a.m., she entered into the back of a car that she reportedly believed was her ride, but it was not an Uber car. The following day, she was found dead.
South Carolina is one of 19 states in the U.S. that do not require license plates on both the front and back of vehicles. People using ridesharing apps receive an alert that lets them know their drivers’ license plate numbers, but in cars without front plates, it can be difficult to tell whether the right car has pulled up.
South Carolina Rep. Seth Rose (D-Columbia) says he was shaken by the news of the student’s death and wanted to create a law that could prevent another person from entering the wrong vehicle. He has proposed a bill that would require light-up signs to be placed inside ridesharing vehicles. The bill was changed to require that drivers place their license plate numbers on the dash.
“That’s the first indication that your ride is coming from a distance,” Rose said. “It’s not the end all be all. But it will save a lot of lives.”
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