RightRides for Women’s Safety: A Safe Alternative to Limos and Taxis?
RightRides for Women’s Safety is a New York City transportation program offering “women, transpeople and gender queer individuals a free, late-night ride home to insure their safe commute to or through high-risk areas….RightRides For Women’s Safety is dedicated to empowering and educating people of all ages and backgrounds to value their personal safety to reduce their risk of harassment and assault.”
Following several high profile taxi and limo assaults, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) launched a similar program, RightRides DC.
According to The Washington Post, “for those most often harassed, the simple act of getting a ride from a stranger can be a horrible experience….The horror stories are well known: An altercation with a ride-share driver that ends with a rape accusation. A rider getting slapped in the face after dealing with a barrage of homophobia and general hatred. An assault by a driver who doesn’t approve of your relationships. And those are just the cases that are reported.”
Learn more about the RightRides for Women service here.
Our Legal Take
By law, all patrons of taxi, limo and ride-sharing services have a right to feel safe and secure while in the vehicle. Sadly, late-night assaults and rapes at the hands of transportation service drivers have become all too frequent and raise grave questions about employee screenings and criminal background checks.
We applaud RightRides for Women’s Safety for initiating a safe transportation program for women and LGBTQ patrons in NYC and hope other cities will work to improve safe late-night transportation options for all residents.
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