‘Non-judgmental’ safe ride program started by Texas State student

Texas State University - LBJ Student Center (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)
Texas State University - LBJ Student Center (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – A Texas State University student is creating a program he hopes will save lives.

Texas State student Mason McKie says he is in the process of starting a free “safe ride” program that he will offer to all students. The program will offer students who have become too intoxicated at a party an option to contact the group and get a ride home.

“I initially heard about a program that A&M has and thought it sounded interesting. So from there I looked up a few programs to see what they were about,” said McKie. “I just think a program like this in San Marcos and at Texas State would benefit both the city and the university. I’m just a Bobcat trying to help other Bobcats.”

Party school or not, college students say the campus is filled with students looking to break away from the stress of class.

“We’re all college students and we all drink and we do make mistakes and we do get too drunk,” said Texas State student Anna Konditi.

“I’m just a Bobcat trying to help other Bobcats.”

McKie says the program will be run solely by students and will strive to make every person they help feel comfortable. “It’s totally free, it’s non-judgmental,” he said.

For those who may need the program in the future, they say a non-judgmental and a student-run program is exactly what they would want to see. “I would trust students more than cops or administrators because students, I feel like know where you are coming from,” said Texas State student De’Ja Wilson.

“If you have that safe line that you can call, and of course it’s judge free, like you’re not thinking that this person thinks lowly of me because I did this and that, but no they are just like ‘We are here just to make sure you are safe and everyone else is safe.'”

To keep everyone safe, Mason says one male student and one female student will respond to each call and all volunteers will go through training.

“It just represents everything that Texas State tries to represent, that like we are all here together and helping each other and making sure we don’t leave anyone out,” said Konditi.

McKie says he is looking for an adviser and is working through faculty members on campus. He says once he has an adviser he will then start selecting volunteers, he hopes to start the program by December.

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