Order a trip via an app? Here are some tips for staying safe during your trip
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – After a long night, many of us order a ride home. But after a driver from a rideshare app allegedly assaulted country singer Clare Dunn, safety on these rides was in the spotlight.
Police say the Lyft driver and Dunn argued over a missed turn in June on Highway 70. Dunn told police he got very angry after missing the turn, s ‘had stopped on the side of the road and forced her out of the car. She said he grabbed her by the neck and threw her into a ditch.
Lissette Delgado-Fitzgerald, president of the nonprofit ASSERT Empowerment Self Defense, said if you get a bad feeling while traveling with a driver, you can share your ride location with a friend.
“Some of the rideshares have recently instituted automatic location and destination updates for your friends and you choose who gets them and does it automatically on rides, others will start checking you in if your ride stops. for an extended period of time deviating from routes will ping you and ask if you need help, ”Delgado-Fitzgerald said.
You can also try to finish the trip early or try asking the driver a few questions.
“It’ll slow down their reaction time, give you time to question the person to see what’s going on,” Delgado-Fitzgerald said. “If they’re trying to hurt, or you’re uncomfortable, you can use that time to call for help.”
If things take a violent turn or you know they’re trying to hurt you, Delgado-Fitzgerald says don’t be afraid to use objects to protect yourself, like a water bottle, cell phone, or a handbag.
The Lyft driver was arrested Monday and is currently on bail.