On Thursday, August 23, the Columbia Police Department (CPD) and Five Points Association announced a safety initiative designed to serve as a reminder for new and returning college and university students to be responsible in the Five Points entertainment district.

Now that school is back in session for area colleges and universities, students will likely populate Five Points this weekend and for the first home University of South Carolina football game on September 1st. CPD officers will maintain their various routine patrol positions in vehicles and on foot in and around the Five Points area.

For the first time, officers set up a kiosk last night at the old Harper’s Restaurant parking lot located on Harden Street, passing out pamphlets that include the following valuable information:

• Drop-Off / Pick-Up Zone (Taxi * Rideshare * Shuttle) – This service is available Thursday – Saturday from 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. during the fall and spring sessions for surrounding college students.
• Five Points Pedestrian Safety
• Prepare & Prevent – Staying Safe in the City
• Welcome to Our Neighborhood! – Code Enforcement
• Safe, Sensible & Responsible Drinking Habits

Drop-Off / Pick-Up Zone – The designated pick-up and drop-off site for students, utilizing a taxi, rideshare such as ‘Uber’ or ‘Lyft,’ taxi-service or USC Shuttle service is located at 2100 Santee Avenue.

Five Points Pedestrian Safety – Pedestrians and drivers share the responsibility of keeping themselves and others on the road safe. This portion provides tips to follow:

Prepare & Prevent – Staying Safe in the City – Provides practical advice for building good safety habits during leisure and entertainment activities.

Welcome to Our Neighborhood! – Outlines important residential ordinances to help acquaint students/residents with city laws regarding parking, noise violations, and the consumption of alcohol, residential rental ordinance, and landlord and tenant responsibilities.

Safe, Sensible and Responsible Drinking Habits – Outlines the South Carolina drinking age, driving under the influence information, tips for preventing drinking and driving and overdrinking and criminal penalties for fake or altered ID cards.