Uber Sends Out Statewide Alert Following Report of USC Assault

December 7, 2017, 9:42 am EST | Share:

COLUMBIA, SC (WTAT-TV) — Are you thinking of taking an Uber ride this holiday season? The ride-sharing company says you should always be alert.

The warning comes after some female students at the University of South Caroline say they were assaulted by a man giving them a ride.

Uber says it has a number of safety reminders for riders. “When you request an Uber you receive the driver’s name, car make & model, and license plate number. So you want to double check those details before you get into the car,” said a company official. “You can ask the driver confirm your name or ask the driver to provide his or her name as well. Uber connections can only be requested through the app so you never want to accept a ride from someone offering a ride that isn’t through the app, or who accepts cash or a discounted rate.”

Uber also wants to remind riders to always call 911 if you do not feel safe with the driver.