UTB one of three colleges to test new PASS app

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 7:51am

The University of Texas at Brownsville is one of three schools in the state to implement a new cell phone application called the PASS app on campus.

It's an effort by the TxDOT to keep college students from drinking and driving the agency has teamed up with Facebook for a new app named PASS which stands for Person Appointed to Stay Sober.

The phone app tries to match up sober college drivers with others who might need a ride after a night of who knows what.

Through Facebook, students can link up with each other and arrange a time to be picked if they've been drinking.

Traffic Safety Specialist, Ruby Martinez commented on the app saying, "Once your Facebook event has been created through the application, you can then locate friends and sober drivers to find out how many passengers they can carry and the app also enables passengers to compensate sober drivers for their gas money."

Executive Director of Student Engagement at UTB, Sergio Martinez stated, "If I'm gonna go partying, I should have someone to drive me home and this is a reminder for them. Now they have the tool, so hopefully it'll make it as easy as possible for them to say okay now I can use this tool, you know no excuse, to find someone to drive me home."

To download the app go to www.thepassapp.com

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