Need stricter screen­ings for Uber drivers

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

As a woman, I think that it is ex­tremely im­por­tant to have more strict back­ground screen­ings for Uber drivers, mon­i­tor where they are go­ing and keep track of what is hap­pen­ing out there.

The fact that sex­ual as­saults have hap­pened twice be­fore in a year (one in Oc­to­ber 2016 and an­other in Jan­uary 2017) is un­be­liev­able. Uber needs to take ac­tion be­cause peo­ple’s lives are at risk.

In­ci­dents like this are heart­break­ing and make me feel like I can’t even catch a ride to get home. I want Uber to take se­ri­ous ac­tions to im­prove back­ground checks and start mon­i­tor­ing where their drivers are go­ing.

— Ricki Cruz, San Jose

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