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The University of Texas Designated Driver Program (UT DDP) was founded in 1989 with the help of a small group of students and the Interfraternity Council. They were concerned for the safety of their friends and wanted to protect and educate other students and the community against the danger of drinking and driving.

Since then, the UT DDP program has grown from a single van that served only Sixth Street and the campus area to a taxicab service providing rides to all students in the Greater Austin area.

The cab service provides transportation to UT students with valid ID from anywhere in Austin to the students home address. It will not transport students to another party or bar. The cab

service operates on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. when classes and exams are in session, and is staffed by student volunteers. Yellow Checker Cab Company provides cab service.

Since Fall 1992, the UT DDP program has provided safe rides for thousands of UT students.

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Student fees, as well as donations from several small businesses and campus organizations, have primarily funded the program. The UT DDP is run by a student Board of Directors that oversees its operations, volunteer recruitment and promotion.

For more information visit students/utddp/


The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) is a consortium of student-based educational associations and other groups committed to stopping underage drinking and impaired driving. NOYS provides training for youths in areas such as public speaking, presentation skills and advocacy skills. NOYS has been an active campaign partner, and played a key role in the development of the Zero Tolerance Means Zero Chances Peer Action Guide. It also distributes the "Speak Out and Make NOYS" advocacy training manual, and the Make Your Parties Rock, Substance-Free, A Guide to Safe & Sober Event Planning.

A NOYS member, the BACCHUS & GAMMA Peer Education Network is an international association of college and university-based peer education programs focusing on alcohol abuse prevention and other student health and safety issues. Each BACCHUS and GAMMA affiliate group plans programs according to the needs of its specific campus.

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