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Redeye Rides Offers Designated Driver Transportation Option

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Alternative transportation options have been rapidly expanding in Columbus in the past 12 months, and a new startup company is looking to break into that market with a unique angle centered upon safe late night service. Redeye Rides is a new venture from Matthew Lanning that aims to provide last-call service for bar patrons looking to make it home safe at the end of the night without risking a DUI or drunk driving accident.

“The number of DUIs and DUI related accidents and injuries are alarming all over the US,” says Lanning. “With a little brainstorming we realized that the standard taxi service was not enough to combat this issue.”

A taxi will get you home at the end of the night, but often leaves you in the position of arranging car-retrieval the next day, either through another taxi ride, or by phoning a friend for a lift to wherever you left your car the night before. Red Eye Rides brings passengers home in their own car, and does so at an affordable rate.

“We’re still growing, but so far everyone is extremely excited about the idea,” says Lanning. “We’re hoping that our newly launched indiegogo campaign will help get the exposure we need to really let everyone know what we’re about and what we’re trying to accomplish. Everyone wants to have fun — we just want to make it safe to do so.”

Red Eye Rides currently operates in Central Ohio, but Lanning already has his sights set upon expansion throughout Ohio as the business grows, and is exploring the launch of service in Baton Rouge where a business partner is located.

“We are ecstatic about the idea and can’t wait to see it meet its full potential,” he states. “It’s overwhelming when you consider the real difference we can make in peoples lives here.”

For more information, visit www.redeyerides.com or follow them on Facebook.

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4 Responses to Redeye Rides Offers Designated Driver Transportation Option

  1. Posole
    Posole May 8, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm

    And if the customer barfs, they do it in their own vehicle. How smart is that?

  2. cctrl8 May 8, 2014 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm

    Barf bags! That’s a great idea! All the more reason why you should contribute to the RedEye cause….visit our indiegogo page at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/red-eye-rides/x/6443603

  3. King Gambrinus
    King Gambrinus May 8, 2014 7:25 pm at 7:25 pm

    Interesting concept, but I’m curious how it works? Wouldn’t you have to have a team of people? One person to drop the driver you ordered off at the bar and another to pick up the driver from your house?

    Although, I remember seeing something similar where the drivers had collapsible scooters that they rode to the bar, packed into your trunk, and then used to drive off to the next client once they had you home.

  4. mlanning04 May 8, 2014 9:27 pm at 9:27 pm

    Our drivers drive in team. So the driver will get dropped off at your location. The co-driver then drives a follow vehicle to pick the drive up from your final destination.

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