The UCF Police Department has been cracking down and focusing on pulling over students who are driving drunk, resulting in 11 DUI arrests in August.
But rather than students worrying about getting pulled over for driving drunk, UCF PD spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin said it’s important to have a transportation plan already in place.
“The key, if you plan on drinking, is to come up with a plan to get home ahead of time — that can be using a transportation service, electing a trusted friend to be a designated driver, etc. Never leave getting home safely to chance,” she said.
Avoiding drunken driving is something many set out to do, but once the drinks are had, that plan can creep away. However, there are options in the UCF area available for those who want to play it smart and allow a sober driver to take over:
UCF Safe Ride Program
The Safe Ride program provides UCF students with a free cab ride home, but students must have their voucher with them to redeem their ride. Vouchers for a free ride up to $35 can be picked up from the SGA Ticket Center in the Student Union. If the ride exceeds $35, the student is responsible for the remaining balance.
Students may have only one voucher in their possession at any time, and they may obtain another voucher 61 days or more after the redemption of the previous voucher.
To obtain a Safe Ride voucher:
1. Go to the SGA Ticket Center in the Student Union
2. Show your UCF ID
3. Fill out the necessary form
The taxi service used is Supreme Taxi Orlando.
KnightLYNX is a public transportation option that serves on and near UCF’s main campus. There are three lines available to students. The Green line runs from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., the Blue line from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and the Red line from 9:15 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
The buses travel through the UCF community and are free for all UCF students with a valid UCF ID. More information can be found at www.parking.ucf.edu/knightlynx.
Samnold Telfort, a junior character animation major, said although UCF offers services to help keep students get home safely after a night out, there’s only so much that can be done to help prevent drunken driving.
“The real issue remains within the people consuming the product,” Telfort said. “Therefore, frankly to say, nothing on the outside can affect that on the inside. If one wants to drink and drive, one can only intervene.”
Uber is a “taxi” service that uses locals as drivers. To use this service, students must download the Uber app and insert general information — including credit card information or a PayPal account.
The app allows students to estimate fares, how far the closest driver is to them and how long it will take to reach a desired destination, all using GPS services. The drivers do not accept cash, and all payment occurs electronically through the app.
10/10 Taxi is a taxi service that boasts a flat rate of $10 for any trip under five miles, with each additional mile costing $2.
According to its webpage, “The 10/10 Taxi has a brand-new fleet of bright blue Scion cabs, ensuring a clean, safe and comfortable ride every time.”
Students can book a trip by visiting www.ztrip.com.
In addition to all of these services, there is always the option of designating a driver who will remain sober throughout the night.
“I think what kids want is a cheap, fast way to get home when they’ve been drinking, especially if someone they know is feeling sick,” said sophomore finance major Emily Griffin.
Brianna Ordenes is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.