Blaine man starts sober driving service

Published on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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A new Blaine business will transport both drivers and their vehicles home when they drink more than the legal limit.

Blaine resident Andrew Ryser has started Designated Drivers, a vehicle and driver pick-up service available to residents of Whatcom County.

Ryser, a carpenter by trade, said he was looking to start a business to supplement his income during the slow winter months. He also said the business could provide Blaine residents a way to expand their entertainment options to the rest of Whatcom County without having to worry about getting home safely.

“It’s such a pain to go to Bellingham and have to drive home after you’ve been drinking,” he said. “I want people to be able to have more choices when it comes to entertainment and not have to worry about driving home drunk. Especially for the holidays.”

Rates include a base charge of $20 plus $4 per mile after the first two miles.

“That’s slightly more than a cab fare but less than a tow truck,” he said.
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