FORT MYERS, Fla. - A business moving to Southwest Florida is working to keep drunk drivers off the road. It could give bar and restaurant owners some peace of mind, and provide dozens of new jobs.
It's 1 a.m. You're out with friends, and you realize you've had one too many. now there's a new way for you and your car to get home safely and legally.
It's called BeMeDD.
"If you've already driven somewhere, a team of two drivers will come to take you and your car back home," Arthur Simanovsky, President/CEO of BeMyDD said.
They're hiring local drivers, about 50 so far. For $15 an hour, you can call before you go out and reserve a personal chauffer or, they can drive you and your car home for $25 + mileage.
"It doesn't take a lot to get a DUI," Simanovsky said. "A .08 is only possibly one or two glasses of wine for a woman."
Last year in Lee County 1,095 people were arrested for DUI. The year before, 1,126 were arrested. It's a number the Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida would like to see vanish.
"We are delighted, anything that will keep our roads safer, we are delighted to have in Southwest Florida," Coalition Executive Director Deborah Comella said.
But the company and participating bars say the idea isn't to encourage people to overdo it.
"It gives customers an opportunity to make a smart decision, a different decision," Buffalo Wild Wings Assistant Manager Jeff Edwards said. "It gives us a sort of sigh of relief, makes sure our customers, who we care deeply about, do make it home."
When you add up the consequences associated with driving drunk: jail time, suspended license, job loss, or even death, BeMyDD provides a simple solution and more.
"We are doing something positive and we are also employing people around the local areas we operate in as well," Simanovsky said.
All of the drivers are fully screened and insured. They also provide transportation for business accounts, elderly assistance and medical appointments, and they are still hiring. The number to call is 1-877-U-BE-MY-DD. For more information head to http://www.bemydd.com/