SAN DIEGO, CA–(PRESS RELEASE)–Women Driving Women announces Founder and President, Renee Cooper, was interviewed by NBC News KNSD, a San Diego-based news program for a feature story about Sexual Predators Posing as Ride-Share Drivers. The interview aired on Thursday, March 1, 2018, on San Diego Channel 7 NBC Evening News.
The news segment covers the recent cases of violence against women rideshare passengers, where Cooper discusses both driver and passenger safety. She affirms how women passengers do prefer female drivers, saying, “Frequently [when I was working for Uber] I’d pick up women, ladies alone especially, they would say to me, ‘I felt so much better [about safety] and at ease when I knew a woman was coming to pick me up!'” She also shares her concern for women’s safety because passengers and drivers don’t know each other–especially if the woman has called a rideshare service because she’s had too much to drink.
Apprehension among single female passengers using Lyft and Uber is not uncommon, and women drivers can feel just as nervous picking up their passengers. Renee Cooper left Uber to start her own rideshare company because of this fundamental fear. She realized how much better it could be if both passengers and drivers knew each other ahead of time. Safety for both passenger and driver is Renee’s number one concern.
Watch the full report below. The segment runs 3:21 minutes and Cooper’s portion begins at 2:03:
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