South Carolina lawmaker to introduce bill requiring ‘highly visible signs’ for ride-sharing cars

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A South Carolina lawmaker is introducing a state bill Tuesday that would require ridesharing vehicles to display highly visible signs.

Representative Seth Rose plans to introduce the bill, referred to as the “Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act.”

READ: Full text of the Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act

Under the new bill, the ridesharing vehicles in the state would be required to display signs that must be readable during the day at a distance of 50 feet.

The signs must also be illuminated and patently visible so that they can be seen in the darkness, according to the text of the bill.

The bill also says the signs would have to be approved by the state’s Office of Regulatory Staff and may be magnetic or removable.

The bill comes in response to the death of 21-year-old University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson.

Josephson was killed after police say she got into a vehicle she mistakenly believed was her Uber ride.

Nathaniel Rowland, 24, has been charged with murder and kidnapping in the case.

Rep. Rose says he hopes the bill can save someone’s life going foward.

“It’s not that this legislation is going to prevent all acts of evil, all crimes, or make a tragedy like this not happen,” said Rose. “But what we can do is look at our laws, our policies, and try to make them better to lower the likelihood of a travesty like this happen again.”

Rep. Micah Caskey is a co-sponsor of the bill.

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