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Dude, Where’s Your Car? Services Get You And Your Car Home

You went out for a drink and only expected to stay for “one.” Even if you didn’t plan ahead for a designated driver, you have options.

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You went out for a drink after work or class and only expected to stay for “one.” But everyone was having so much fun, and the time and number of drinks got away from you.

Now you’re “buzzed” or even outright inebriated, and no one planned for a designated driver.

So what can you do?

DON’T DRIVE DRUNK. It’s not worth the chance of getting into an accident or being pulled over for a DWI.

Did you know you can hire a designated driver to get you and your car home safely?

Here’s How It Works

You call any one of several designated driver services to pick you up at the bar, and the service will arrive with two drivers to take you and your car home for a small fee. It’s usually a flat rate depending on the time or area of coverage.

Clients must have proof of insurance. Check with your insurance company to make sure you’re covered in case a hired designated driver has an accident while driving your car. Giving the designated driver permission to operate your vehicle is no different from allowing a friend to borrow your car.

Designated Driver Services

Here are the names and contact information for some of the designated driver services in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area:

Over the Limit

Over the Limit brings you and your car home with rates starting at only $20.

Hours:
8 p.m. – 3 a.m. daily

Contact:
701-630-4685
Facebook.com/OverTheLimitDDND

Rates and Service Areas:
$20 Fargo and West Fargo
$25 Moorhead
$30 Surrounding areas of Dilworth, Harwood, Horace and Mapleton

Extras:
$2 per mile for out of these areas

Payment:
Cash and credit cards accepted

Sober Drive

No matter the type of location, Sober Drive will get you and your car home safely. They’ll come to you no matter where you are, whether it’s a bar, club, private party, business party, etc.

Hours:
8 p.m. to closing daily

Contact:
701-793-4321
SoberDriveFM.com

Rates and Service Area:
$25 flat rate
Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth
Sober Drive doesn’t accept reservations.

Extras:
If you have to make extra stops, it’ll be an extra $5-$10.

If you need to be picked up/dropped off outside of the Fargo-Moorhead area, it’ll be an additional $1 per mile out of town.

Payment:
Sober Drive does NOT accept credit cards. They prefer cash but will accept checks if cash isn’t available, or they can make a stop at an ATM along the way.

Sober Kitty

Sober Kitty has been in business as a designated driver service since 2013.

Hours:
8 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily
Closed for major national holidays or because of dangerous weather and road conditions.

Contacts:
701-850-6196
Facebook.com/SoberKittys

Rates and Service Areas:
$20 anywhere within city limits
Extra stops and surrounding fees apply.

Call for more details on rates.

Reservations are welcomed.

Sober Patrol

Sober Patrol is insured and licensed to operate in Minnesota and North Dakota and is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau.

Hours:
Sunday: 7 p.m. – midnight
Monday through Saturday: 8 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Contacts:
218-298-4080 or 701-200-3394
SoberPatrol.com
Facebook.com/SoberPatrol

Rates and Service Area:
$25 in Fargo, West-Fargo and Moorhead

Call for rates outside the tri-city area.

If you need to make any extra stops, let the dispatcher know. Extra stops are $5 each on the way to your home and $10 each if it’s out of the way.

The rate for long runs (for example, to Detroit Lakes) would be $2 per mile one way from your pick-up location to your drop-off location, plus any additional stops. Please call several hours beforehand and make a reservation for out-of-town runs.

Payment:
They accept cash & credit/debit cards. For card charges, their drivers use a PayPal app via their cell phones with an additional $2 fee. Please ask for a digital receipt if you’d like one.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Inform the designated driver service when you call if you have a manual vehicle.
  • If you want to cancel your ride, please call and let them know.

Frequently Asked Questions

You’re driving me home, so can I bring my drink with me?
No. It’s illegal and still considered an open alcohol container in your automobile. If you’re caught with it while being driven home, the ride will end and law enforcement will be notified.

My car seats five, but now I have six including the driver! Can someone ride on another person’s lap? Or can someone ride in your car?
Everyone must have his or her own seat belt in the vehicle. Nobody is allowed to ride in the chase car because the business isn’t licensed or insured to allow that.

Remember: be safe, not sorry. A few dollars could save lives and the costs associated with a DWI.

*This article originally appeared on Doing it Downtown, AreaVoices.

Written by Marijo Vik

Marijo Vik is a 72-year-old senior at MSUM who hopes to graduate in May with a multimedia journalism major. MSUM will award a degree posthumously if she ends up in the ground before a gown. She has been a reporter for the Twin Valley Times, Twin Valley, Minnesota, since 2009 and will use her education to be a better reporter and editor. Contact her at vikma@mnstate.edu.

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