Samantha Josephson was a 21-year-old University of S Carolina student, hailing from Robbinsville, NJ. Known as Sami to family and friends, she was about to graduate and had future plans to become an attorney. Tragically, Sami’s life and the envisioned bright future were cut down abruptly when she was killed in March after she mistakenly entered a vehicle assumed to be the ride-share car she had reserved.
Now, the driver is facing a murder charge and all who knew her are plunged into mourning.
The grief-stricken parents are courageously tapping into their inner-strength so that others like their daughter will not be fooled into entering the wrong car. They are educating and advising people about how to be more observant and cautious about related dangers. To honor the memory of their late daughter, they’ve dubbed the program, SAMI, a fitting acronym for the words Stop, Ask, Match, Inform.
Before accepting a ride from a driver, stop and consider what’s going on around you, ask for id to match the car you have ordered and inform your friends about your travel plans by allowing them to track your ride.
But that’s not all the Josephson couple is doing.
They are reaching out to congressmen to move forward a proposed piece of legislature they would like passed that would compel ride-sharing companies to do their part in preventing tragedy.
‘Sami’s Law’ would mandate a related safety program that aims to safeguard passengers.
SAMI’s Law – Proposed Legislature for the Safety of Ride-Share Passengers
The proposed law would include the following points directed at all commercial ride sharing companies:
1. All cars that are part of the ride-sharing company must display a front and rear license plate that identifies them as such.
2. Passenger windows must have a rapid-response code that is easily scanned.
3. Every car must have an illuminated windshield sign that is discernible during the daytime and can be seen from fifty feet away during evening and night hours.
To be fair, the ride-sharing companies have always tried to protect themselves and others, through commercial auto insurance that focuses on possible damages and reimbursement, as well as by broadcasting safety warnings, such as those underscored by the SAMI program – like sharing the trip app with friends and family so a passenger’s whereabouts can be easily tracked. In wake of an unthinkable tragedy, the Josephsons are taking it further to ensure passengers remain safe.