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Environmental-Level Strategies
Campus or community-based

Implement safe-rides program

Safe-rides programs are conducted by a campus or the local community to provide free or low-cost transportation, such as taxis or van shuttles, from popular drinking venues or events to residences or other safe destinations. (Note: Strategy does not seek to reduce alcohol availability, one of the most effective ways to decrease alcohol use and its consequences.)

  • Effectiveness: X = Too few robust studies to rate effectiveness—or mixed results
  • Cost: $$$ = Higher
  • Barriers: ## = Moderate
  • Research Amount: ** = 2 to 4 studies but no longitudinal studies
  • Public Health Reach: Focused
  • Staffing Expertise Needed: Coordinator
  • Target Population: All students
  • Research Population: General

NOTE: Cost ratings are based on a consensus among research team members of the relative program and staff costs for adoption, implementation, and maintenance of a strategy. Actual costs will vary by institution, depending on size, existing programs, and other campus and community factors.

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