Rideshare app safety tips after multiple women accuse Lyft drivers of sexual assault

Rideshare app safety tips after multiple women accuse Lyft drivers of sexual assault


Rideshare app safety tips after multiple women accuse Lyft drivers of sexual assault

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Rideshare Safety

If you’re heading out to dinner or bars for a night out, you may have used apps like Uber or Lyft to catch a ride. When you’re getting in the car with a stranger, however, how do you know you’re safe?

Across the country, 20 women are suing Lyft after accusing drivers of sexual assault. 12 News is taking a look at what you can do to get to your destination safely.

According to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, there are multiple steps you can take to ensure that you are not placing yourself in a dangerous situation.

“Look at the driver, look at the picture that’s on your phone in the app. If those two don’t match, do not get in the car. No one should be driving the car other than the person that was sent to you in the app,” said Detective Matthew O’Brien, with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

Additionally, apps like Uber allow riders to notify 911 in the event of an emergency. The notification will send dispatchers driver and vehicle information, as well as your location.

Authorities also ask riders to use your best judgement. If your driver arrives and the situation just does not feel right, it’s easier to cancel your ride and find another way home.

If you do find yourself in a scary situation with a driver, authorities say, sit in the back seat.

“In case something goes wrong, you don’t feel comfortable, you’re at a red light, go ahead and bail. It gives you an opportunity to get out,” said O’Brien.

The Sheriff’s Office also recommends sharing your ride or location, so that others know you have made it safely to your destination.

The post Rideshare app safety tips after multiple women accuse Lyft drivers of sexual assault appeared first on WBNG.

Source: Binghamton NY Latest News
Rideshare app safety tips after multiple women accuse Lyft drivers of sexual assault

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