Continuing their annual tradition, SLO Safe Ride will have a full fleet of vehicles available via their mobile app for St. Patrick’s Day, as well as a Hydration Station to provide water and valuable advice to partygoers on the holiday morning. The station will be set up between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., splitting time between Campus Bottle and Higuera St. downtown, while the drivers will be servicing any rides within the city limits. Rides are just a flat rate of $10 for a vehicle that holds up to 14 passengers, and will be in service all day.
Having drivers out is a normal custom for SLO Safe Ride, but the Hydration Station is usually reserved for large events such as graduations or national holidays. St. Patrick’s Day has notoriously high rates of DUI, drunk in public and other drinking-related charges, and SLO Safe Ride is hoping to use its resources to drop those rates while preventing injury and accident. SLO Safe Ride’s ownership is predominantly Cal Poly alumni, and they see great value in using their community partnerships to help fund the Hydration Station and other similar promotions. They aim to expand the program to more days throughout the year, as the hydration and messaging have proved very effective. This year, SLO Safe Ride will give away over 600 bottles of water and have drivers out from 5 a.m. Thursday morning until 3 a.m. Friday morning.