One man’s quest to find an inexpensive cab service led him to open his own business, an affordable transportation service which now operates in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, and Naples.
The service started by this man, only 23 years of age, and another recent college graduate, a 24-year-old woman, has already expanded to nine states.
The 23-year-old man actually lives near Cleveland. He remembers paying $60 just to go downtown to have food and drinks with friends. At the time, he resented paying all that money, but it was worth it to avoid driving home after drinking. His experiences led to his designated driver business.
“The idea came from catering to those professionals who have something to lose,” the young man said. “You wouldn’t want to work hard toward becoming a lawyer, doctor, or teacher and blow it over a DWI.”
Ohio is the biggest money making state for the company, but the other states are also doing well, the founder revealed to a Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer.
“People have really liked their drivers and return customers understand how beneficial [our business] really is,” he said.
They offer other services as well, including transportation to the airport and transportation for the elderly. Their big business still comes from the “night out” package, which costs $15 an hour for a personal chauffeur. The drivers go to the home of the customer and drive them wherever they like, using the customers’ own cars.
Those who have been out and have been drinking can also call for two drivers to come and pick them up and take their car home for just $25 plus mileage.
The company avoids the usual taxi restrictions since the use the cars of the customers. “There are a lot of companies doing that now in South Florida,” a licensing manager told a New York Injury Lawyer. “If it just entails driving a customer around in their own car then there’s no need for a license from us.”
One Miami bartender explained, “I see all these ‘Don’t drink and drive’ commercials, but they never tell people there’s an alternative.”
Driving under the influence can cause serious consequences. If you are found guilty, you could be facing criminal penalties, as well as civil penalties for personal injury if someone is hurt. Civil suits can include claims for wrongful death, a back injury, a head injury and more.
It’s good to see people doing their part to prevent potentially fatal accidents, but unfortunately, they still happen from time to time. It is important to seek legal counsel at the first sign of trouble to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance and a free consultation.