New Jersey Passes Rideshare Safety Bill After College Student's Death

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New Jersey Passes Rideshare Safety Bill After College Student's Death
The bill is named after Samantha Josephson, who was killed when she got into a car she thought was her Uber.
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new rideshare bill into law Thursday to improve the safety of passengers.

It comes after University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson, a New Jersey native, was killed in March when she got into a car she thought was her Uber. 

"We will need to take precautions to make sure that a simple convenience, does not turn into a dangerous situation as it did for Sami," said Gov. Murphy. "That is what we are doing today."

The legislation known as "Sami’s Law" requires drivers for companies like Lyft and Uber to place well-lit signs in both their front and back windows. The rideshare company will be required to issue the signs. It also requires the companies to create and distribute some sort of code, like a barcode, that passengers can scan to confirm they are getting into the correct vehicle. Under the new bill, drivers will also have to display a company issued card with their name, photo, and license plate number.

The law will go into effect in New Jersey next March. Rep. Christopher Smith of New Jersey introduced similar legislation also named "Sami's Law" in Congress last week. It's cosponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.