3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Monroe Dillon III, Spokesman for Louisiana State Police:
"When you approach the vehicle, on most of these ride shares, they'll give you a make, model of a vehicle you're supposed to be getting in. Uh, most will even give you a license plate number along with the name of the person who that vehicle is registered to. When we get inside of these vehicles, don't be distracted. Don't try to do, uh, two and three things at one time on your phone, look up, and get inside of a vehicle and find yourself in a situation that you don't want to be in. Ride with a friend, maybe don't travel alone if you don't have to. Don't volunteer your information. Once you're inside of that vehicle - ride share apps, they do have to where you can share your location with a trusted friend."
New Orleans, Louisiana – 3 April 2019
4. Various of passengers loading luggage and getting into car
Kenner, Louisiana – 3 April 2019
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5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Monroe Dillon III, Spokesman for Louisiana State Police:
"Have a pre-plan, knowing that this is going to be your designated driver. I may not be 100 % coherent when I do order this. Okay, look, I can add my trusted contacts ahead of time. Um, this is who I'm going to share my location with. And most of all, this is who I'm going to travel with. Travel with a friend, and that can help that rider out every time. There's also an emergency alert button on some of these ride share apps where if you feel like you're in danger or you're in trouble you can actually hit the button, call 9-1-1 from that vehicle."
Just days after a University of South Carolina student was killed when she got into a car she thought was her Uber ride, South Carolina lawmakers prepared to introduce a law requiring Uber and Lyft drivers have illuminated signs on their cars.
But Monroe Dillon III, spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop B in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, Louisiana, says there are a number of things passengers can do to keep themselves safe when using ride share services such as Uber and Lyft.
"Ride with a friend, maybe don't travel alone if you don't have to," Dillon said. "Don't try to do two, three things at one time on your phone, look up, and get inside of a vehicle and find yourself in a situation that you don't want to be in."
For people who know they are going to use a ride share service because they've been drinking, Dillon said planning ahead is vital.