New Jersey Woman's Death Sparks Call For Ride-Sharing Safety Law

Samantha Josephson
Photo credit Columbia Police Department

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – After the horrific death of a New Jersey woman studying in South Carolina, a Long Island lawmaker wants a new law to protect people who use ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Samantha Josephson, from Robbinsville, New Jersey, made the mistake of getting into the wrong ride-sharing vehicle. Police say the driver killed the 21-year-old college student and dumped her body.

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State Sen. Anna Kaplan tells WCBS 880’s Sophia Hal that she has introduced a ride-sharing safety act in honor of Josephson.

“It amends the traffic law to require the ride-share drivers to display a visible, consistent and distinctive signage, clearly identifying the ride-share service provider,” Kaplan said.

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Kaplan says the signage must be readable during daylight hours from a distance of 50 feet at night and that the signage must be illuminated at night.