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Nov. 19, 2007

Nite Ride service not offered Nov. 23-24

The University of Iowa's Nite Ride program, which offers women free, safe rides home Friday and Saturday nights, will not operate during the Thanksgiving holiday break Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24. Service will resume Friday, Nov. 30.

Under the pilot program, UI Police use a dark blue, 15-passenger UI van to transport women from a designated pickup point at the corner of Washington and Clinton streets in downtown Iowa City to their dorms or apartments within certain boundaries (see map at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/september/images/092607nite-ride-map.gif).

To arrange for transportation, women call 384-1111, the cell number for the van driver. The driver informs callers of his or her current location and the estimated time of arrival at the designated pickup point.

The van is driven by a fully uniformed, full-time UI Department of Public Safety guard from 11 p.m. Fridays to 3 a.m. Saturdays, and 11 p.m. Saturdays until 3 a.m. Sundays. The van is clearly marked with magnetic signs saying Nite Ride and bearing the UI Police patch and the phone number.

The service is schedule to run until December, when it will be evaluated.

Co-sponsored by the UI Student Government, the service was devised in response to a growing number of assaults in the Iowa City area over the past year.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: William S. Searls, UI Department of Public Safety, 319-335-5028; Stephen J. Pradarelli, University News Services, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu