Gov. Phil Murphy to Sign "Sami's Law" Thursday in Robbinsville
ROBBINSVILLE! NJ - (June 19, 2019) - After unanimously passing both the Legislature and Senate, New Jersey Governor Phil D. Murphy will sign "Sami's Law" Thursday at the Robbinsville Township Municipal Building.
"Sami’s Law" is named after Samantha Josephson, a Robbinsville resident killed about 65 miles outside Columbia, South Carolina on March 29 when she entered a vehicle she believed was the Uber car she had requested.
Samantha's parents, Seymour and Marci Josephson, sprung into action immediately after their beloved daughter's murder to help enact global change. #whatsmyname is now a common and vital refrain of potential rideshare clients around the world. “Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the Josephson family for their courage has been the driver in advancing this essential legislation. It’s a tragedy we had to lose a young person with a promising career in order to address the issue of rider safety,” said Sen. John Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “The law will educate and protect users and hopefully prevent future incidents from occurring again.”
The new law would require identifying markers issued by a ridesharing company to be displayed by each company driver. Each marker would also need to be reflective and/or capable of being illuminated. The law would require a driver to display the identifying markers on the front windshield and rear window of the driver’s personal vehicle while the driver is logged on to the company’s digital network as a driver or is providing a prearranged ride.
"By placing a greater emphasis on visual safeguards, riders would be able to identify key items to confirm they are entering a credentialed ridesharing vehicle,” said Sen. Linda M. Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “Ridesharing services have become increasingly popular and Sami’s tragedy could have happened to anyone. This law would honor Sami’s life and help promote public safety.”
"Sami's Law" also would require that if the identifying markers are capable of being illuminated, the driver has to have the identifying markers illuminated and visible from outside of the vehicle while the driver is logged on to the company’s digital network during times of darkness, or is providing a pre-arranged ride during times of darkness. The bill was released from the Senate by a vote of 38-0 en route to the Governor.