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During its recent conference in Casper, the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving presented its Saving Lives Award to the University of Wyoming SafeRide program.
UW was among four communities honored this year for their efforts to provide safe rides to individuals who might have otherwise driven while impaired. Other award recipients were the city of Casper, city of Sheridan and Laramie County Liquor Association.
A service of UW Transit and Parking Services, SafeRide offers free rides home from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the fall and spring semesters and on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer. This fall, SafeRide has averaged 319 rides per night. Its highest semester ridership was last spring, with more than 16,570 riders.
In addition to developing statewide awareness, educational programs, and helping enact legislative changes, the Governor’s Council (http://wygcid.org/) works closely with law enforcement throughout the state on increased and focused DUI enforcement.
Additionally, the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Laramie program recently presented the SafeRide program with an award recognizing “outstanding humanitarian service to our community.”
SafeRide is sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Coalition to Prevent Substance Abuse and the Associated Students of UW. For more information, visit www.uwyo.edu/saferide.