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Ride sharing safety reminders when requesting a vehicle

Posted at 9:58 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 01:07:08-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Requesting an Uber of Lyft has become one of the most popular ways for people to get around town.

This could be when someone needs to get to the airport or after a long night out, but it's important to remember to be safe when doing so.

"You're getting in a car with a stranger, so you need to make sure you're safe when you do it," City of Tucson Ward six's Steve Kozachik said.

Uber sent the safety tips below.

uber safety list

The most important tip to remember, they said in an email, is double check and make sure the person and licenses matches exactly who is suppose to pick you up.

"Make sure you know that this is really the driver that you're looking for and they're here looking for you," City of Tucson Ward six's Steve Kozachik said.

Last week, University of South Carolina student, 21-year-old Samantha Josephson was killed after getting into a car that she thought was her Uber.

Once she was inside, the child safety lock was on, so she couldn't get out.

Before you even get into an Uber or Lyft, there's a way on the side of some cars where a person can look to see if the child safety lock is on or not, and if it is locked, you can unlock it. Checking that lock, it could save your life.

"We've had tragedies in other parts of the country, which means we are not exempt here in the city of Tucson," City of Tucson Ward sic's Steve Kozachik said.

The recent tragedy on the East Coast is an important reminder to everyone to always double check who they're getting in the car with.