MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – The Town of Mount Pleasant is considering creating pick-up safety zones for people using Uber and Lyft.
This comes after the death of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson.
Josephson’s body was found in a field by turkey hunters after she mistakenly got into a car she thought was her Uber in the busy Five Points area of Columbia.
On Monday, council member discussed the matter with the town’s transportation department
Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie they are considering ride share pick up zones in popular areas like Shem Creek and Town Centre.
“We discussed it to see if there is anything we can as a municipality do. One of the things I personally feel is we don’t want to defeat the of the rideshare phenomenon is that it comes to you and picks you up where you are,” he said. “One of the ideas floated today is designated collection areas. Well, that’s kind of a 20th-century transit mindset. So, we want to make sure we apply 21st-century solutions to 21st-century inventions and issues.”
Uber has taken steps to increase safety because of Josephson’s death. They now send push alerts to passengers reminding them to check the license plate, make, model, and driver of the car to ensure it matches up with the information provided on the app.
There were also several bills introduced in the Statehouse following the student’s death.