Safe Ride: Students looking forward to a safer ride home this year

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As classes begin and the reality of late nights on campus set in, the Students’ Representative Council is pleased to announce its newest initiative to provide a safe and convenient drive home to students.

The new safe ride program will allow students attending bashes, student party nights, late night study sessions and other SRC sponsored events to arrive home safely without the worry of having to co-ordinate drives.

The goal of this initiative is to encourage students to attend nightly functions on campus despite any transportation issues that they may have. The safe ride program will also be a huge contributor to eliminating the potential of drinking and driving on campus. Students will be encouraged to call the safe ride hotline when in need of a drive home.

UNB Fredericton has had tremendous success with their safe ride program and UNB Saint John is looking forward to its implementation.

Despite Saint John’s large geographical area, the safe ride program plans to provide logical stops in the four main areas of the city, hoping to cater to everyone as much as possible.

The safe ride program will only be offered from campus and will not drop students off at local bars. Due to liability issues, the van will not be permitted to drop off students at any other location other than an apartment or house address.

In order to ensure the safety of our students, safe ride drivers will be required to have had their license for at least three years as well as possessing a clean driving abstract. They will also undergo safety procedural training in order to provide a comfortable and reliable safe ride experience.

The safe ride hotline plans to launch this fall and will run Wednesday to Friday from 6 p.m. until midnight as well as during special campus events.

For more information or questions concerning the new safe ride program, feel free to contact Anthony Enman at saferide@unbsrc.ca