WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT UBER DRIVERS?

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Uber is incredibly popular but is it more dangerous than people want to admit?

Friday, an Uber driver in Denver, CO got into an argument with a passenger and opened fire, ultimately killing the passenger.

There was a case in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2016 where a different Uber driver killed six people and wounded two others.

All of this begs the question: exactly what is the background check system Uber uses?

It seems like whatever it is, it is not very thorough.

These drivers are independent contractors who simply give Uber a cut of their earnings. They are not technically employees.

So how can you feel safe getting into a car with one of these drivers?

You do not know anything about them, they have not been properly vetted, and anything can happen when you get into their vehicles.

It feels like getting an Uber is no more safe than hitchhiking.

This is worrisome not only for people like me who travel often, but also those who live in cities and predominately rely on Uber to get them around because they do not own cars.

Investigations need to be done about Uber’s vetting process quickly and changes need to be made. This kind of insanity has already happened too many times and if it is not fixed in short order, it will happen again.

It is time that we, as a society, make sure that the proper steps are taken. Our local, state, and federal officials need to look into this and take the necessary steps to rein Uber in.

It is already too late for the passengers in Denver and Kalamazoo.

Let’s not wait until it is too late for even more people in various other locations.

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