By Kim Wilhelm (WICHITA, Kan.)
A Wichita business that gives intoxicated drivers a ride home is up for sale. Safe Riders, Inc. owner Sarah Selmon hopes to find another buyer. Selmon says she's selling for family reasons. When she and her husband started the business seven years ago, they didn't have any children. Now, they have three kids under the age of four and say the long nights and weekend hours are tough to do. She says the decision is not financial. She says the company is solid and has never had trouble paying bills.
Safe Riders gives about a thousand rides a month. One of the company's largest clients is Wichita State University. The Student Government Association pays for the service for any WSU student who needs a ride home. SGA President Zach Gearhart says it's been well worth it.
"We think of it as a safety net for the students," said Gearhart. "It's been a great program for us and we hope a new owner will continue our contract."
WSU makes up nearly half of Safe Riders business.
"I have friends who have used the Safe Riders program and it's saved them countless times," said WSU sophomore Rebekah Seals. "I think it would be sad if the company was no longer."
"It saves a lot of lives and saves a lot of money," said WSU sophomore Cornell McNeal.