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New investigation shows sexual assault among Uber drivers

More than 100 cases reported

J.D. Williams OW Contributor | 5/11/2018, midnight

This week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was quoted as saying that cracking down on sexual assault is a “new priority for us.”

“It is a priority that I expect to remain a priority for the foreseeable future,” he continued.

A recent statement released by the company said safety is the company’s top priority this year and cited recent protocol updates such as rerunning driver background checks on an annual basis moving forward. The company also said it plans to roll out a dedicated “safety center” within the Uber app where riders can designate contacts they want to share trip details with while they ride; it will also have an emergency button allowing users to call 911 from inside the app.

“This is just a start and we are committed to doing more,” the spokesperson said. “Sexual assault is a horrible crime that has no place anywhere. While Uber is not immune to this societal issue, we want to be part of the solution to end this violence forever.”

Most of the reported incidences have come out of major metros across the country. Since 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department has received at least 13 similar complaints about Uber drivers, eight regarding Lyft drivers and more than a dozen about other ride-share drivers. Only one of those cases led to an arrest.

 CNN contributed to this story.