Impaired driving remains a significant concern in Larimer County, posing a serious threat to public safety, joining counties including El Paso, Adams, Jefferson, Denver, and Arapahoe in the top five, despite having a much smaller population.
Fort Collins’ Safe Choice overnight parking program is designed to address this issue head-on. The Safe Choice overnight parking program is a crucial component of Fort Collins’ comprehensive approach to promoting responsible and safe behavior among residents. Managed by the city’s Parking Services, this initiative provides a viable alternative for individuals who may be impaired and need a safe place to park their vehicles overnight.
Key features of the program include:
FREE and Accessible
Safe choice is not only a responsible option, it’s FREE for all. Simply leave your car where it’s parked, notify the city, and plan to pick up your vehicle by noon the following day. If you need more time, simply contact Parking Services. Alternatively, if you are parked in a parking garage, you can extend your stay using the ParkMobile app for only $1 per hour.
Fort Collins’ Safe Choice Overnight Parking Program is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders, including law enforcement, community organizations, and local businesses. This collaborative approach emphasizes the importance of community-wide support in addressing the issue of impaired driving.
Alternative Transportation Options
Safe Choice suggests a list of alternative transportation options so you can get a sober ride home.
Transfort provides service in Fort Collins and to Loveland, Berthoud, Longmont, and Boulder through the FLEX service. Gold route provides free late-night service from Old Town back to campus. For schedules and updates visit www.ridetransfort.com.
This weekend service is run by Colorado State University but is open to the general public. Click https://ramride.colostate.edu/ to download the app and request a ride.
No DUI Larimer also provides a list of rideshare, public, and private transportation options in Larimer County: https://poweredbypartners.org/make-the-call-for-a-safe-ride-ride-service-list/.
How to Use the Safe Choice Program
- The Safe Choice parking program is designed to be quick and simple. Leave your car where it is, and enter your license plate and information in this form OR call Parking Services at 970-221-6617, ext. 0 by 10 a.m. the following day with your license plate number and where your car is parked. You may also leave a voicemail after the office closes at 5 p.m.
- Plan to pick up your vehicle by noon the following day; if you need additional time, simply call Parking Services to request an extension. Alternatively, if you are parked in a parking garage, you can use the ParkMobile app to extend your time by $1 per hour. Parking structures are always free on Sundays and City holidays.
Together, with community-wide collaboration, education, and accessible alternatives, we can make strides in ensuring that everyone reaches their destination safely, without putting themselves or others at risk.
By partnering with local authorities, businesses, and community organizations, No DUI Larimer amplifies the reach of educational campaigns and advocates for the importance of responsible decision-making regarding alcohol consumption and transportation. Contact us at 970-484-7123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our list of community partners.
No DUI Larimer encourages all of our readers: Educate yourself about how substances affect you and how you can avoid driving impaired – take charge of your future. Make the Right Call.