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Uber, Lyft customers in N.J. may soon be better protected under new law after college student’s murder

Brent Johnson | May 31, 2019 | NJ Advance Media |


New Jersey may soon enact a law that aims to better protect you when you order an Uber or Lyft ride here, two months after a college student from the state was murdered in South Carolina after stepping into a car she mistakenly believed was the ride she summoned.

The bipartisan bill would require drivers working for ride-share companies to use signs and a digital barcode to identify themselves in New Jersey.

It’s called “Sami’s Law,” named after the victim of the recent murder, 21-year-old Robbinsville native Samatha Josephson.

Josephson’s parents and sister were on hand as the state Senate voted 38-0 at the Statehouse in Trenton on Thursday.

The state Assembly voted 77-0 last week to pass the bill. But because there was a last-minute amendment to the measure, the Assembly will have to vote again next month.


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