Campus: CSU San Bernardino -- October 17, 2005

San Bernardino & Riverside Yellow Cab & Bell Cab Co. to Offer Free Safe Ride Home College Edition Program at Cal State San Bernardino

It's as simple as calling "taxi" and it could save a life or lives by keeping intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

San Bernardino Bell Cab Co. and Yellow Cab Co. have partnered with Anheuser Busch to offer free rides for Cal State San Bernardino students who may have had too much to drink. The program, Safe Ride Home College Edition, makes Bell and Yellow Cab drivers designated drivers to drive inebriated students home and keep them from behind the wheel.

San Bernardino City Councilman Neil Derry and a CSUSB alum, praised the program for offering young people a safe alternative to risky driving.

"This program will help in reducing the number of DUIs and at-risk accidents from occurring in San Bernardino," Derry said. "It's a good program and quite generous of Yellow Cab, Bell Cab and Anheuser Busch to offer to Cal State San Bernardino students."

The steps are simple to this free service:

  • When a student is out at a local establishment and feels they have had too much to drink they can call Bell/Yellow Cab for a free ride home. Students should call 1-800-340-TAXI (8294) for service.

  • The point of origin (pick-up address) must be within the city limits of San Bernardino.

  • A taxicab will be dispatched to the location given by the student. Pick up will be within 20 minutes or less.

  • The student will be transported to his/her college campus or his/her local home residence only.

  • All students must, upon request, show their student I.D. card to the driver at the pick-up point.
Anheuser-Busch has led the way in promoting responsible drinking to college students across the country for quite some time. Some universities who have successfully implemented similar programs through Anheuser-Busch are: Yale, the University of Puget Sound, Northern Illinois University, Western Washington University, Santa Clara University and most recently at UC Riverside.

Anheuser-Busch reports that the results thus far have been dramatic, in showing a 20 to 45% reduction in Alcohol Abuse, along with a significant drop in student DUI's. For more information, please call Terri Berger (909) 915-8551.

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