“Safe ride” program launched for Greek community


    TCU Greeks are trying to prevent students from drinking and driving by providing transportation to and from nightlife activities on and off campus.

    The program, which is operated by several fraternities, runs from Thursday to Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

    These safe rides are primarily provided to fraternity members, both new and active, but their friends and dates can also take advantage of the program.

    Caten Hyde, president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, said that he is very happy that his fraternity is proactive with this issue because a friend of his died in a drunk driving accident.

    Hyde said that most of the active members that are 21 and older rely on safe rides.

    “It is a free and safe alternative for those going down to West 7th and downtown Fort Worth,” Hyde said.

    Phi Kappa Sigma also provides safe rides.

    "This is something Phi Kap started at TCU after a member was killed in a drunk driving accident in the late 90s,” President Hunter Hullet said.

    The members, active and new, of Phi Kap who are driving that night are announced at that week’s chapter meeting, and their phone numbers are provided.

     “It is super convenient for women to be a part of the safe rides system because it allows us to have a safe ride home rather than walking home alone,” said Leah Iris, a junior Delta Gamma.