Charleston UBER riders now can call 911 with the push of a button

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Ride-sharing service UBER announced Tuesday it is giving riders in Charleston and five other southeastern cities the option to call 911 quickly through its mobile application.

The move comes after a string of assaults and even some cases of rape by its drivers, Uber said in a statement.

Uber says the new feature will automatically send your name and location to law enforcement as soon as you hit the "call 911" button. The app also will share the make, model, color and license plate number of your UBER.

Other cities launching the new service include:

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Naples, Florida
  • Tri-Cities, Tennessee
  • Louisville, Kentucky

          

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