Drinkers can get driven home in own cars

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Piedmont law enforcement and emergency officials said they wished more people knew about companies that drive people and their own cars home if they’ve had too much to drink.

Nathan Huey, himself a former EMS worker, recently started Piedmont Safe Ride. It’s based in Alamance County, but they will drive anywhere for $2 a mile.

“We send two-person teams, one male, one female. We don’t like matching up opposite gender. If a lady’s been out drinking, we want a lady driving her home,” Huey said.

Several other companies also drive you and your car home, like Ro’s Designated Driver Transportation and Scooter Kings, both in Greensboro.

Scooter Kings takes a creative approach, riding a small, foldable scooter to your location when you call.

“We’ll fold the scooter up and put it in the trunk of your car. We’ll drive your car home, pull the scooter out and ride away,” said Eric Brown with Scooter Kings.

Ro McDaniel with Ro’s said they don’t know statistically what they may have prevented, but they would like to believe they have prevented arrests and wrecks.

“I run into a lot of people that pay big fines and stuff for drinking and driving, and they’re like, ‘I wished I had heard about ya’ll,'” McDaniel said.

As alcohol-related driving cases continue to happen, Greensboro Police said they wish the same thing.

“Anytime an impaired driver doesn’t get behind the wheel, it’s a win for us. It’s a win for everybody out there on the roadway,” said A.D. Reed with Greensboro Police.

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