MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Local veterans have come together in Manhattan to start a business that’s keeping impaired drivers off of area roadways.
Members of the local business community came out Thursday for a ribbon cutting at the ACT4Safety (Alternative Consumer Transportation) headquarters on Westport Drive.
ACT4Safety’s drivers work in teams- one driving customers homes in their own cars while the other driver follows behind in a company vehicle. The company does not use running meters. They charge a flat rate within a certain radius.
“Our service is geared towards trying to get impaired drivers off the street and so we do that by providing four services. The difference between us and a taxi is that we will put you in the convenience of your own car and we’ll take you and your car home for about the same rate as a taxi. This is not just a local issue. It’s a societal issue,” said Steve Milton, ACT4Safety owner.
The driver-for-hire service runs 9 PM- 3 AM Thursday, Friday and Saturday night but can also be book other nights of the week for events, parties and activities by going to ACT4SAFETY.COM or calling 785-320-5555.
“We’re a disabled veteran-owned company and when I was in the military, I used to deal with soldiers getting into alcohol-related incidents- DUIs and even worse, there were deaths involved. That’s when I first started thinking about the idea,” Milton told WIBW.
He says the top two reasons people report driving while impaired is because: #1- they didn’t think they were that impaired and #2- they had no way of getting their car home.
The service is designed to eliminate concerns about their car being vandalized or broken into or ticketed or towed.
“Impaired driving could be someone who has been drinking or someone who just came from the hospital or somebody who shouldn't be driving to begin with and this service will keep all of those people and other drivers on the road safe,” Milton added.