Last Sunday at 2:46 a.m. a RamRide vehicle was approached by a Fort Collins Police Services Officer and its passengers were issued tickets for being minors in possession of alcohol. The RamRide program was implemented in October 2003 to provide safe rides home for students. The RamRide vehicle was pulled over on the side of the road by a no-parking red curb near 1100 W. Swallow Rd. The officer approached the RamRide vehicle for parking illegally and noticed a person slumped over in the backseat.
RamRide officials said they worked with the both FCPS and CSU Police Department when the RamRide program was in debate. Whether or not this is a misunderstanding of FCPS, our local police department should be aware of a large sponsored program like this in the CSU population of more than 25,000 students. Even if this is a misunderstanding between RamRide and FCPS, the police department should acknowledge RamRide and respect what they are doing for our community. This past semester, RamRide reached 10,000 safe rides home for CSU students.
While drinking underage is illegal and punishable in Colorado, the fact that students are being safe in the inevitable fact that people under 21 will drink is a statement of responsibility in itself. RamRide, however, does not promote the use of underage consumption but is in existence as a safety alternative.
RamRide should be applauded for continuing its services to CSU students, regardless of this past incident and/or miscommunication between FCPS and RamRide.