LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Drunk driving kills more than 14,000 people in the United States every year, and those who survive face steep legal and financial consequences. However, thousands of Americans continue to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
Now, the friends of one victim are offering a handheld solution: a mobile app designed to provide on-demand designated drivers.
After years of death and destruction by people who needed designated drivers, there will finally be an app for that this summer. DRYVRS (dryvrs.com), a mobile app for people who are intoxicated and stranded with their vehicles, will launch in Los Angeles this Summer and quickly expand across the country.
As the creator of the first-ever on-demand service for designated drivers, CEO Evan Stafford is on an ambitious mission to change the world, one ride at a time. (How DRYVRS Works Video)
"We're launching DRYVRS with one goal in mind: ending drunk driving once and for all," Stafford explained.
After losing a friend to a drunk driving accident, Stafford was motivated to create a service that fills the need taxis and other ride-sharing services cannot, getting the customers car home with them.
Lawmakers and activists have fought the deadly epidemic of drunk driving for decades, but the summer release of DRYVRS will be a first for the cause: on-demand designated driving. The app works by connecting users with a fleet of screened, sober, and insured drivers who can bring their vehicle home for them.
To further its lifesaving mission, DRYVRS even joined forces with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The company will donate a percentage of the proceeds from every ride to MADD, giving app users an opportunity to make a difference every time they choose designated driving over drunk driving.
Stafford and his developers hope to one-up other ride-sharing apps with both convenience and price. The intuitive app, which was built by an award-winning startup team, is already fully functional months ahead of the release. To raise funds for its Loa Angeles launch this summer, DRYVRS recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dryvrs-changing-the-world-one-ride-at-a-time--2#/). They hope to raise $500,000 before the release.
While Uber and Lyft also provide on-demand rides via a smartphone app, their services are limited to the Uber driver's' vehicle. Thanks to a comprehensive insurance policy, every "DRYVR" is fully insured to drive the customer's vehicle home, eliminating the need to leave their car overnight or drive home drunk. Since DRYVRS is a one way service, users can expect to save around 25% compared to an Uber or Lyft ride (round trip).
The app will be available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices in Summer 2016 when the service launches in Los Angeles. Within four months of the initial launch, DRYVRS will go nationwide. Until then, supporters who contribute to the DRYVRS IndieGoGo campaign may collect ride credits for future use at an amazing discount.
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