Wayne State Student Sexually Assaulted by Uber Driver

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A 21-year-old female student from Wayne State University was picked up by a 29-year-old male uber driver at around 5:45pm during early September of 2017. The passenger was driven to a location nearby where the driver sexually assaulted her. Luckily, the passenger was able to escape the car when the driver had to stop at a stop sign. The driver turned himself in shortly after the incident and immediately lost access to the Uber platform. 

I brought this up to the caucus to see what everyone thinks about this issue. I know that many students in the caucus and around the state of Michigan use ridesharing apps on a daily basis to get from one place to another. This topic affects many of us and I feel like incidents like this one could be avoidable and should not be happening. I have a few questions I would like to ask you all.  Do you all believe that there needs to be more regulations on who can get a job from a ridesharing platform? What are the current regulations on who can get a job from any one of these companies? Have any of you ever been in an incident like this or know of someone who has? What can be done to prevent something like this from happening in the future? I am excited to hear everyone's thoughts.