Sponsor: Requiring lighted Uber signs just 1st safety step

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker sponsoring a bill requiring Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing drivers to have a lighted sign says he knows it isn’t a foolproof way to keep riders safe.

But Democratic Rep. Seth Rose of Columbia said Tuesday that it’s an easy first step so a tipsy college student or distracted concertgoer can immediately know whether a vehicle is their ride.

The bill is awaiting debate on the House floor. Rose filed it days after the death of 21-year-old University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson. Police say Josephson was killed March 29 after getting into a car she apparently thought was her Uber.

Rose acknowledges that imposters could find the signs online. But he says utility uniforms are also available online and yet employees still wear them to identify themselves.

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