Editorial by Latino Times
Uber driver in Northern California Keith Avila said he saw warning signs when he saw a teenage girl who appeared to be about 12 years old and two adults get in his car.
One of the women asked Avila to take them to a hotel, while the other instructed the teenager, “make sure he’s not armed and make sure he pays you first, before he touches you,” she said.
A moment after leaving them at his destination, Keith called the police to report what he had witnessed.
Authorities arrived at the hotel and arrested the two female adults, aged 25 and 31; the teenager was actually 16, but had fled her home and fallen into the hands of the two women who exploited her.
Keith uploaded a video to social media that went viral and helped the public understand platform drivers a little better in California.
More than an isolated case, Keith’s is an example of how Uber drivers, by the nature of their performance, can take care of the community. In fact Uber and Lyft provide their drivers with education to identify victims of violence and human trafficking.
Drivers, such as Uber drivers, also have an app called Ride Check, with which drivers or passengers can report an emergency long the way, and warns if a vehicle suspends its journey without reaching its destination, for example in the event of a crash.
With the application, while the driver involved attends to the incident, another driver arrives to pick up the passenger and continues the passenger’s ride to their destination.
In addition, passengers know the driver that will pick them up before they show up, which is stated in the same application that leads to some level of control of the situation.
That is why the leading groups of law enforcement agencies support Proposition 22.
For now, the California Association of Peace Officers, the California Association of Chiefs of Police, the California Association of Sheriffs, Crime Victims United, and the National Hispanic Council on Aging, among many other organizations, have expressed support for Proposition 22.
But it should be noted that the safety of app-based drivers not only focuses on public safety issues, but also during the pandemic they have taken their own measures.
In May, for example, Uber drivers decided that to provide their services both drivers and passengers had to wear masks that protect them from potential contagion.
This was more than a month before the state of California ordered the use of masks in public spaces as mandatory
Editorial by Latino Times