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Looking for a designated driver New Year's Eve?

Monday, December 30, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

DRIVERSEAT CANADA

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Driverseat staffed up to work through the night New Year's Eve

Four communities will remain a little safer with Driverseat teams out in full force this New Year's Eve.

KITCHENER, ON – Driverseat is set to get customers home safely this New Year's Eve.

With staff set to work through the night, Driverseat expects to ensure their customers can enjoy their evening, while getting home safe.

Crews will be out in full force from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“Our customers are excited and have been pre-booking rides with our franchisees.” states Luke Bazely, Co-Founder Driverseat Inc. “We have advised our customers through Facebook and Twitter to book in advance.”

“Our franchise partners look forward to New Year's Eve.” added Brian Bazely, Co- founder Driverseat Inc. “It is a busy night for them and their drive teams. Business is brisk and they know they are keeping the community that much safer, while providing a service that is second to none.”

Customers are encouraged to arrange for a Designated Driver through Driverseat, or at least to pre-arrange their transportation plans, in advance of going out New Year's Eve.

“We purposely schedule some buffer time between rides,” remarks Luke. “This minimizes the challenges that we can experience with weather and other uncontrollable situations.”

“We are so excited to be able to offer the service to our community.” adds Steve Findlay, Franchisee in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. “This will be our first New Year's Eve operating our Driverseat franchise and our customers are taking advantage by booking with us now.”

Driverseat franchises are independently owned and operated. To obtain more information about the availability of services New Year Eve or at any other time of the year, contact your local franchise. You can access them through www.driverseatcanada.com

About Driverseat

Founded in 2012, Driverseat is a franchise-based business with its corporate headquarters in Kitchener Ontario.

With eight services available, Driverseat is the solution for anyone interested in getting their vehicle from one point to another, when they are unable to or would prefer not to drive themselves.

Driverseat is offering franchises to qualified individuals across Canada who are interested in doing positive things for the community while creating a strong business for themselves. 

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saultbie25 12/30/2013 2:52:16 PM Report

Is this service available here? If not why post this
soodiamonds 12/30/2013 3:02:23 PM Report

@Saultbie

It's the 5th paragraph from the bottom.

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�We are so excited to be able to offer the service to our community.� adds Steve Findlay, Franchisee in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. �This will be our first New Year's Eve operating our Driverseat franchise and our customers are taking advantage by booking with us now.�

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The service was launched a few weeks back and have heard good things about it. It's not like a taxi company, it's a scheduled service where you are transported in your own vehicle if you are unable to drive yourself.
Sofahorse 12/30/2013 3:13:36 PM Report

GREAT IDEA but what a useless article. Do they have a contact number in the Sault to book an apt? or talk to someone or a price? website?
Sofahorse 12/30/2013 3:15:45 PM Report

fyi
Sault Ste. Marie 705-998-2614
TFinn 12/30/2013 3:30:19 PM Report

Found this on the web ...

Sault Ste Marie 705-998-2614
razeandcrash 12/30/2013 3:35:02 PM Report

you know some people must be really bored. you got sualtbie who can't bother to read the whole article before spouting off and you sofahorse who apparently is to lazy to use google.
soodiamonds 12/30/2013 3:39:26 PM Report

Website
www.driverseatcanada.com

Email
ssm@driverseatcanada.com

Phone
705-998-2614

Facebook
www.facebook.com/DriverseatSaultSteMarieON
Sofahorse 12/30/2013 3:51:45 PM Report

cool, and you who can't bother to read all the comments before you type your educated observations. Turns out, i not only found the place, i even posted the number for you to look past. Turns out, i know how to use google.
troubador 12/30/2013 4:06:09 PM Report

could someone tell me .What is &#65533
soodiamonds 12/30/2013 4:07:47 PM Report

When I copied and pasted, it takes a character and converts it to a numerical value. A glitch on the site, I presume.

I have seen it several other times.
TFinn 12/30/2013 4:11:11 PM Report

troubador 12/30/2013 4:06:09 PM

This has happened to myself ...when you use another programs to write a post and paste it to the SooToday comment box sometimes hyphens and other characters come out as gibberish ...
TFinn 12/30/2013 4:12:15 PM Report

sorry "other"
soowat 12/30/2013 4:18:08 PM Report

Seems like some of you folks could use a designated poster.
soodiamonds 12/30/2013 4:21:48 PM Report

@soowat

Everybody needs help at some point. Pay it forward.

Happy Holidays!
Kanadien 12/30/2013 7:31:24 PM Report

As nice as it is to see people using a program to not drink and drive, I would much rather see a non profit organization doing this where money goes to charity, such as Operation Red Nose. A chapter needs to be opened in the Soo. Donating is optional and the drivers volunteer. It is also done throughout the holiday season mostly on weekends. Much better than Driverseat that charges at least 25 bucks for 8km. But, this is a start.
lambkins 12/30/2013 10:34:13 PM Report

There's nothing wrong with people getting paid for a service to make a profit.
Great idea and much needed from what is read on here everyday, people getting charged.
Maybe they can sell gift certificates.
thomas 12/30/2013 10:49:05 PM Report

I think it's a great idea and if this service stops even ONE habitual drunk driver from getting behind the wheel, then it's well worth it.

Hopefully everyone will use it and won't cheap out on spending a few bucks to get themselves, their cars, and everyone else on the road, home safely.

I also hope a few RIDE programs will be out in full force.
TFinn 12/30/2013 11:15:25 PM Report

Never ceases to amaze me. Someone steps up and spends $$ to provide a service like other cities already provide, not to mention similar programs in the USA. With gas prices higher than ever and the average fee of only 25$ or so to get you and your vehicle home safely is near charity anyway. But someone always has to try and spread negativity on something new and very worth while. Just ask any family that has gone thru the turmoil of someone they know, losing their licence for drinking and driving and all the hardships that go along with that charge, furthermore anyone that has lost a loved one because of a accident that involved alcohol, I'm sure they would sanction this service 10 fold. . It is simply not acceptable any longer .
BTW ...it is year round they also offer 6 or 7 other services, designated drivers are just one service.

....So kudos for this new service , and nothing but best wishes in the future.
LAWL 12/31/2013 7:09:46 AM Report

You would have to be pretty stupid to pay franchise fees into a simple company like this.
Stevie-E 12/31/2013 8:49:05 AM Report

Wow...you always have a pocket of people that can't be positive about ANYTHING!

Sure, it's a simple concept. But if it was THAT simple, why didn't anyone make a real go of it yet? It's a great idea and I have used it a few times in Southern Ontario.

As far as those complaining about that it should be for free, you're going to find it very hard to find people to donate their time, their vehicle and their fuel, ESPECIALLY around the holidays and at today's economy and high fuel costs. Also, the driver's are getting paid so job creation in this city is a great thing, no?

I hope this does well. I am sure it will.
TFinn 12/31/2013 9:52:10 AM Report

LAWL 12/31/2013 7:09:46 AM

lol .... google and facebook I'm sure started out as a small simple idea..!
Kanadien 12/31/2013 11:05:49 AM Report

@TFinn, Go ahead, ask me about my mother who was killed by a drunk driver. About a man who showed no remorse and fought it several times going through several trials. I know the hardship.

I'm not saying this is a bad idea, this is a fantastic idea. Another means to take drunk drivers off the street. I'm only stating that Operation Red Nose is very successful in other cities where money goes to charity.

Stevie-E, plenty of people would volunteer for this. I have and will again if it comes available where I live now. There was one year where they almost didn't take my application because they had too many volunteers. The volunteers will come.
Stevie-E 12/31/2013 11:28:12 AM Report

@Kanadien,

I am very sorry to hear about your mother. That is horrible and it angers me to no end that 100% of these incidents are preventable. It seems that you are passionate about the idea of a company that provides DD services, but feel it should be for charity. Would you not accept payment for something like this?

Many people are passionate, but in this day and age, most would like to get paid, even a minimal amount for their time and money.

As many people in this city are struggling with enough bills around the holiday season as it is (myself included), it is always nice to be able to make a difference while getting paid for it. There are already enough charities with their hands out this time of year.

When you think of it, Christmas/New Years is only a drop in the bucket when it comes to impaired driving incidents.

What about Canada Day? Victoria Day? Halloween? Thanksgiving? I am sure you'll see spikes then.

That is why it is such a great idea. But like tfinn said, it's only one of the services that are provided by this company.

Maybe they can do a couple weekends for free each year to draw awareness and donate to charity then??
Kanadien 12/31/2013 12:05:15 PM Report

@Stevie-E
It's great they are making money, they are a business and they employee people, which is great. I'm not knocking the business. I encourage people to use it. For them to provide this all year round is even better. It's about time a service like this was brought to the Soo. If I still lived in the Soo I would definitely use Driverseat throughout the year.

I'm promoting Red Nose because I like what they do. I used to volunteer with them when I lived in Kingston. I enjoy volunteering, it was fun, you meet a lot of nice, friendly people. If you want a ride home from Red Nose, you don't have to donate. You get a ride home regardless. That's the beauty of Red Nose.

Those that are struggling with bills around the holiday season may not be able to afford the 25 dollars to get home. This could be a deterrent to those who are struggling.

25 dollars is not much when you get a group together either. Can split the bill.
TFinn 12/31/2013 11:28:52 PM Report

Kanadien 12/31/2013 11:05:49 AM

Very sorry to hear that, that is so tragic ..no one can know the heartache of losing a loved one to someone else's inane decision unless they actually experience it.
There are choices, if there are more available choices even better. Please accept my condolences for your loss.
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