Michigan Auto Law attorney Alex Kemp talks to WZZM 13 about the steps Uber and Lyft riders should take to stay safe and protect themselves against crime
Michigan Auto Law attorney Alex Kemp appeared on WZZM 13 TV News in Grand Rapids to talk about what Uber and Lyft ride-sharing passengers can do to stay safe and protect themselves from being the victim of a violent crime.
Alex told WZZM 13’s Emma Nicolas that there are precautions that riders or passengers should take before they ever step foot in a vehicle:
“These [ride-sharing apps, such as Uber and/or Lyft] actually offer a lot of information regarding what your ride is, for example, the make and model of the car, the color of the car, the name of the driver. You can track their GPS. So, tracking those things and making sure you’re getting into the right car is very essential.”
WZZM reached out to speak with attorney Alex Kemp of Michigan Auto Law, which has offices in Grand Rapids and across the state, after a South Carolina college student was kidnapped and murdered recently in Columbia, South Carolina, when she mistakenly got into what she thought was the Uber vehicle that she had summoned.
WZZM’s Emma Nicolas explained that the “mistaking of a vehicle is common among riders . . . and according to Uber, drivers pretending to be an Uber driver – while a rare occurrence – is something that happens across the nation.”
Below is the full video of Alex’s interview with WZZM 13.
Michigan Auto Law attorney Alex Kemp offers safety tips for Uber and Lyft riders
In addition to stressing the importance of taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you’re entering an official Uber or Lyft vehicle, Alex explained that there are safety measures riders can take even once their ride is underway.
“One of the features [on the ride-sharing apps] that you can do is you can essentially share your location and the information regarding your ride,” Alex stated. “You can push a button on the app and it will tell either a friend or a family member where you’re going, what car you’re in and allows someone else to track you as you go along.”
Lastly, Alex advised that prospective riders and passengers should wait inside a building or structure until they have received a notification via the app that their driver has arrived.
“If we’re standing there waiting, it looks like – obviously to other people – that we’re expecting a ride and that’s unfortunate when someone can try to pretend to be an Uber or Lyft driver.”