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A Serious Issue to Address...Extend the Lion Express

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It has come to our attention that there is a shocking amount of drunk driving incidents that occur on LMU’s campus each and every weekend. After careful survey was taken, it was found that while in college, 56.57% of students at LMU have driven under the influence, 70% of students have gotten in the car with someone who was driving under the influence, and 76.77% of students have contemplated getting in the car with someone who was under the influence. 73.77% of these students did this because they had no other option home. We propose with to extend the hours of the lion express, and have it run in requested stops around the Westchester residential neighborhood in the extended hours of 11pm to 2 am. 88.89% of students agreed that they would rather have a ride home from a sober student driver than a Public Safety officer or taxi or a driver under the influence. This would benefit the LMU community as a whole as well as the Westchester neighborhood, and would presumably decrease the number of students who drive under the influence of alcohol. It would cost approximately $0.98 round trip from our furthest point in Westchester to the back gates of LMU’s campus, which is a ten minute round trip drive. If the Lion Express were to extend its hours Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm until 2am, it would cost approximately $45 per night with 15 stops each hour. In addition 8 Jesuit schools have already adopted a sober busing system for students on the weekends in order to decrease the amount of drunk driving. As a University that prides itself on having the latest resources available to its students, we believe this extension would also allow LMU to remain a competing university among its fellow Jesuit institutions.


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