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Kelly Center Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network
Safe Ride

 Safe Ride - If you can't walk a straight line, dial a straight line! 785-621-2580 Are you planning to hang out at a friend’s house, a bar or other location? Will you or a friend need a ride home?

Don’t take the risk of driving drunk or riding with someone else who has been drinking.

Protect yourself, your loved ones and others by taking advantage of the Safe Ride program.

Safe Ride offers a free ride home, no questions asked.

Call (785) 621-2580
Wednesday through Saturday
10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Remember, you don’t have to be intoxicated to use this service. Safe Ride is available to everyone in the community.

Safe Ride History

The Safe Ride service was started by the Partnership for a Safer Community in June 2005 as part of an effort to provide alternative modes of transportation for individuals when they believe being on the roads is unsafe. It is a collaborative effort between Fort Hays State University, local business and the City of Hays. More than 20 local businesses and agencies support the service offering everything from discounted rates on advertising to monetary donations and free phone lines for riders to call.

Safe Ride is a free service available to the entire community. The Safe Ride bus picks up and drops off riders anywhere within the city limits between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday nights.

  • “It’s a great collaborative effort between the university, local business and the City of Hays.”
    Ed Howell, Director of FHSU University Police
  • “Given an opportunity to engage in safer behavior, people will generally take advantage of that opportunity.”
    Robert Duffy, Coordinator of the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Network and co-founder of the service.
  • “Every time people make the responsible choice, it’s a positive. Whenever people choose that action, it helps the officers and the community.”
    Jim Braun, Former Chief of Police, Hays, Kansas
  • “It’s not just a drunk taxi. It provides a valuable service to the community.”
    Robert Duffy, Coordinator of the Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network and co-founder of the service.
  • “It keeps people who aren’t safe to drive off the street. It has become a fixture in the community that people are accustomed to and utilize.”
    Todd Powell, FHSU General Counsel
  • “Every time an impaired person uses Safe Ride, that threat is removed. Everyone benefits.”
    Ed Howell, Director of FHSU University Police