MADISON, NJ -- Community members are invited to a community forum on ride safety and Sami's Law on March 18. The forum will take place 1-3 p.m. in the Orangerie Building of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.

The event, which is free and open to all students and county residents, will be presented by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office as part of its New Jersey Attorney General's 21/21 Community Policing Project.

Sami’s Law, initially authored as potential federal law by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, went into effect as a state law in New Jersey in June 2019 as the result of a brutal slaying of a New Jersey student in South Carolina earlier that year. According to officials, Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old senior at the University of South Carolina and resident of Robbinsville, New Jersey, was kidnapped and murdered on March 29, 2019, when she was targeted by a fake Uber driver. After she got into a stranger’s car — mistaking it for her Uber — the child safety locks were activated, preventing her from escaping, police said.

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As a result of this tragedy, Sami’s Law was enacted, requiring Uber and Lyft drivers in New Jersey to prominently display lighted signs and a QR code as a safety regulation.

“Seymour and Marci Josephson are remarkable, courageous people who have channeled their deep, abiding love for their daughter, Sami, into a national campaign to protect others from predators and murderers who can still pose as fake rideshare drivers with the intent to do harm,” said Rep. Smith who represents Robbinsville where the Josephsons live. “Today we see their enormous impact here at home, as New Jersey is the first state to pass legislation that mirrors the federal version of Sami’s Law. ”

The Orangerie Building is located at 285 Madison Avenue in Madison.

 

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