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Sober Guy heads to Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Fargo-based business that offers those who have been out drinking a ride home in their own cars is headed for Grand Forks. When a customer has had too much to drink at a bar and doesn't want to drive home, they can instead c...

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Fargo-based business that offers those who have been out drinking a ride home in their own cars is headed for Grand Forks.

When a customer has had too much to drink at a bar and doesn't want to drive home, they can instead call Sober Guy, which opened in October in Fargo.

The business dispatches a team of two drivers to the location. One of the drivers drives the customer home or to another destination in the customer's vehicle while the other driver follows behind in another vehicle. After dropping the customer off, the driver gets into the Sober Guy car and both drivers head for their next pickup.

"I was tired of leaving my car behind at the bar," said Sober Guy owner Jason Casavan, 23, who is originally from Red Lake Falls, Minn. "You go out and have two or three drinks and you want to stay out, but you can't drive home if you do."

Casavan said he plans to begin offering the service in Grand Forks by February after he obtains the necessary permits from the city.

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Sober Guy customers are charged a flat rate of $17 if the pickup and drop-off locations are within the city limits of Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead. Casavan said he expects to charge a flat rate of $15 to $17 for the service when the business rolls to Grand Forks.

Club Express, a business run by UND student Michael Rocks-Macqueen, is in the process of a test run of a Thursday-through-Saturday-night bus route connecting UND with the downtown bars. The route, which ran two weekends this month and will return for two more weekends in January, charges $5 for an all-night pass and $3 for a one-way trip. If the test run goes well, the downtown bar owners - who are partially subsidizing the route - are expected to continue funding it through the end of the school year.

Casavan said the company may need to eventually increase prices after it gets established.

"We're not breaking the bank right now," he said. "We're not losing money, but I'm still working another job."

Casavan said his brother, Derek, will run the Fargo operation while he helps start up the Grand Forks service.

The Grand Forks Herald and The Forum are both owned by Forum Communications Co. Sober Guy heads to Forks By Ryan Schuster 20071222

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