The tragedy of a South Carolina college student, who was killed after getting into a car she thought was her Uber ride, has people here in Connecticut concerned about ride-share safety.
Retired Police Chief Gary MacNamara, current Executive Director of Public Safety at Sacred Heart University, explains what rides should do before, during, and after their ride.
· Don’t be on auto pilot. You are about to get into the car “pay attention.”
· Note description of vehicle and license plate generally provided and make sure they match.
· Before getting in vehicle ask the driver “what’s my name” to ensure the driver is the one sent via the app.
· Before getting in the vehicle, ask the driver for their name too.
· The driver should also know where you are going. Obtain these details as well before getting in the vehicle.
· Tell someone where you are going and utilize the “share my trip” feature.
· Make note of the route.
· Have your phone in your hand to call 911 if needed
· When arriving at your destination, let someone know you have arrived.