SEMO Safe Ride offers safe option to get students home

Leaders at SEMO want to remind students of an easy and free way to get home safely. Especially, after a night of drinking.
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 10:22 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2022 at 8:06 AM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - SEMO Safe Ride is a program designed to help students get to their home safely.

In the Student Conduct Office, Dr. Randy Carter helped organize Safe Ride.

“The last thing we want to do is call a parent at 2 or 3 in the morning and give them any bad news,” he said.

Regardless of where they are in Cape Girardeau’s city limits, he said CTA can pick students up as along as they provide college identification.

“You know, I don’t want to be overdramatic, but this call can save lives and it can prevent car accidents, injuries,” he added.

Rachel Westhoff is starting her senior year at Southeast and is busy between classes, but said after just finding out about Safe Ride, she now knows all she has to do is call the Cape Transit Authority’s phone number for a complimentary ride.

“You know, me and my friends went out for homecoming and we had to Uber around and I didn’t know about this service, so that’s a really good idea for college students,” she said. “It’s a safe phone for them to call.”

Another student, Camille Shoals, hoped this program helps bring awareness to the seriousness of drinking and driving.

“I think that it’s really important for students to have that awareness of realizing that we’re not going to keep taking chances, because one chance can ruin everybody’s life,” she said.

For Shoals, this situation hits close to home.

“As someone who has lost a family member to a drunk driver, it’s been a while 2008, but I understand that personally so that being a college student comes with a responsibility that your actions have severe consequences,” she added.

Students can call CTA at 573-335-5533 between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. You have to show a valid student ID to use Safe Ride.