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M & M Designated Drivers Keeping Holiday Safe

Reported: Dec. 31, 2013 11:26 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 1, 2014 9:11 AM EST
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A Huntington man has turned a tragedy from his past into a business that could be saving lives every day in the Huntington area.

Mike Frye owns M & M Designated Drivers in Huntington. They'll not only give you a ride home if you've had too much to drink, they'll also take your car home, and they provide this service all year long. "We do it seven nights a week," said Frye. "If we come out every night, and we save one life, that's worth coming out for," he said.

For him, it's more than a business. "I had a brother pass away about fifteen year ago," he said.

His brother died in an alcohol-related accident, and he also saw the results of DUIs for more than a decade as a wrecker driver in Huntington. "That's why we started doing the designated driver service," he said.

Tonight, they've got several drivers on standby, including volunteer family members, waiting to get you home safely. Family member Matt Obrien is helping out tonight. "It's a really good thing to do," he said.

Frye says they're ready for a busy night. "We'll probably be out from 8 o'clock till 6 or 7 o'clock in the morning."

The rides are given for donations, but Frye says knowing they could be saving lives is priceless.

"I'd say we'd probably given 1,000 rides out already. It makes it worthwhile. It's a thousand drivers we've kept off the road. So, it makes it worthwhile," he said.

The rides are given on a first-come, first-served basis. You can call 304-633-3053 or 304-962-5520 for a pickup.



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