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Five resources for safe-ride services available in Atlanta

Thursday August 20, 2015 04:00 am EDT

Don’t drink and drive. Just don’t do it. Public transit, taxis, and on-demand car services such as Uber and Lyft will get you home safe, but those aren’t your only options. Here are some resources and safe ride services available throughout metro Atlanta. As always, do your homework in terms of customer satisfaction, pricing, and wait times.


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Designated Driver Alternative (DDA) offers nightly pick-ups 8 p.m.-4 a.m. The base pick-up fee is $10, plus $2 per mile, but prices can be cheaper if the restaurant is a DDA partner such as Andrews Upstairs and Ormsby’s, among others. Pick-up rates, which vary depending on partner location, range from $2 to $5, plus an additional $2 per mile. www.dd-alt.com.

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While it doesn’t pair inebriated drivers with designated drivers, the National Directory of Designated Driver Services (NDDDS) provides a list of safe ride services available in a given area. On the NDDDS website, select a state and county to see what’s available near you. www.drinkinganddriving.org.

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My DD dispatches driver duos from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night. One driver takes you and your party to your destination while the other follows ensuring that your driver leaves right after dropping you off. Base fees range from $10 to $15 based on pick-up location plus an additional $2 per mile. www.mydd.co.

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Through SafeRide America, riders can schedule pick-ups in advance or call when ready. SafeRide doesn’t have a base price, but a ride Downtown from East Atlanta Village runs around $25. On the SafeRide Now app or SafeRide America website, enter your pick-up point, drop-off location, your vehicle’s information, and the number of people in your party to calculate the cost of a ride. www.saferideamerica.org.

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In addition to on-demand and reservation pickup service, BeMyDD allows riders to request a driver for an evening at an hourly rate. Starting at $25 plus an additional $3.45 per mile, BeMyDD drivers will transport you and your companions to your final destination in your own car. Request a ride through BeMyDD’s app or through the website. www.bemydd.com.