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A safe way to get home

DRIVE-HOME services have seen a sharp increase in business as more drivers become aware of an ongoing citywide campaign against drunk driving.

Local companies have reported a surge in orders for "replacement drivers" to take people home in their own vehicles where before the service was only rarely requested.

The Anrui Auto Service Company said they had seen a rapid rise in demand for such a service over the past two months. "There used to be no more than a couple of calls every night to order a replacement driver. Now we are receiving five to six such requests on average and sometimes up to eight," said company manager Zhai.

He said the company started offering a replacement driver service a year ago.

The service had been gaining publicity by frequent media reports of the citywide police campaign against drunk driving, he said.

"In a way, we are grateful for the clampdown. It warns the drivers and also brings more attention to our service."

Baodi Co, another car service company, said it hadn't begun to offer drivers until recently when an increasing number of clients called to request it.

The companies are now aiming to promote their business at dining and entertainment venues. "We are seeking cooperation with more popular hotels and restaurants. Our business information cards are displayed prominently. And waiters will also suggest customers book our service if they drink," Zhai said.


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