OSU gets new vehicles to help with Safe Rides Program

Ohio State Student Safety Service Escort Manager helps drive other students to safety.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Donations from parents of Ohio State University students are helping the Student Safety Service continue to give free rides.

The Parent’s Fund donated $60,000 for two new vehicles to help with the Safe Ride Program.

Student Escort Manager, Macon Derleth said, “The campus is generally safe, but there are times, especially during the night when there are people out who have different intentions.”

Students can call to be picked up between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Program Coordinator Sean Bolender said the two new vehicles ensures that they can keep rides going if another vehicle breaks down.

The program gives 20 to 25,000 free rides every year.

“Students use us frequently,” Ohio State Student Safety Service Program Coordinator Sean Bolender said. “We get a lot of good feedback when they go in. They thank our drivers, we get feedback through emails, Twitter and Facebook. It’s hard not to like our program, since we are giving you a free ride.”

The number to call is 614-292-3322.

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