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South Carolina Considers New Law for Uber and Lyft After College Student's Death

A new bill would require all rideshare drivers to feature illuminated signs on their vehicles.

Just days after a college student was kidnapped and killed after mistakenly getting in the wrong car, a new bill in the South Carolina legislature would require all Uber and Lyft drivers to have illuminated signs.

Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old University of South Carolina student, was waiting for an Uber in Columbia, SC around 2 a.m. on Friday, when police say she got into the wrong car. She was found dead later that afternoon, and a 24-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

This week, a bipartisan group introduced the "Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act" in the state house, which would require all drivers for companies like Lyft and Uber to use illuminated signage similar to a taxi light while they are working.

"It will be a light that would have to be given by the company. It's not something you can go to a store and buy," Rep. Seth Rose told WIS News in Columbia. "We can't stop a psychopath from doing something hideous, but as lawmakers, policymakers, we need to take precautions to make the likelihood that something like this happen less."

In addition to proper signage, you can click here to see a number of different steps riders can take to ensure their safety while using Uber or Lyft .

This week, a new report also outlined recommendations on how rideshare apps can improve driver background checks in Pennsylvania .

Image courtesy Columbia Police Dept.

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