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NOPD Partners with Uber to Encourage New Orleans Residents and Visitors to Enjoy a Safe Halloween

by Dawne Massey

October 28, 2016

Categories: Community

Topics: Partnerships

NOPD Partners with Uber to Encourage New Orleans Residents and Visitors to Enjoy a Safe Halloween

Halloween – and Halloween safety tips – aren’t just for kids.  If you’re planning to make the rounds showing off your Halloween costume this weekend, NOPD encourages you to stay safe and make a plan that ensures you get home safely.

If alcohol will be part of the festivities, NOPD encourages revelers to consider calling a cab or catching a ride with Uber. There’s never a good reason to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking so keep a cab company number handy or download the Uber app before you begin your celebration of All Hallows’ Eve.

To ensure your ride home is as safe as your night out, Uber offers this list of tips to ride safe on Halloween or any day:

1.Request Your Ride Inside: Wait safely indoors while keeping an eye on your app for your driver to arrive.

2.Know Your Uber, Avoid Scams: When you request an Uber, you’re given the driver’s name, photo and license plate number in your app. Before you get in the car, check the license plate number and look in the window to make sure the driver matches the photo. When you open the door, ask for the driver’s name. Always remember Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never accept street hail solicitations from those claiming to be Uber.

3.Be a Backseat Rider: If you’re riding alone, choose to sit in the backseat. This ensures you have the option of exiting either side of the vehicle after it safely stops to avoid moving traffic.

4.Share Your Trip Details: While en route, you can monitor your own trip in your app and share your trip details with friends and family. Simply tap the “Send Status” button to immediately send your driver’s name, photo, vehicle, and where you are on the map to a friend or family member, so they know when you’ve safely arrived. They don’t even need to download the app to track your trip!

5.Protect your Personal Information: As you would anywhere, be cautious when sharing personal information. There is no need to share your phone number or personal contact details. Riders and drivers’ phone numbers are hidden when they communicate via the Uber app to protect everyone’s privacy.

6.Give Feedback: Your feedback helps Uber improve the experience for everyone, maintain a high quality service and provide accountability.

7.Plan Ahead: Take time to review the safety features available to you in the app before you head out with friends, so you know how to use them.

8.Be Kind and Respectful: Please treat your driver as you would want to be treated. Be respectful of his or her personal vehicle. Our community guidelines apply to both riders and drivers.

9.Follow Your Intuition: Trust your instincts and use your best judgement when using the Uber app. Be aware of your surroundings. And if you ever feel you’re in an emergency situation, always call 911 immediately.

10.Don't Forget - Buckle up: You may not be in the driver's seat, but that's no excuse to forget the Golden Rule of car ridership.