Nov 6, 2011 11:33 PM by John Romero

Designated driver program loses funding

Since January 2009, Designated Driver of Colorado Springs has given 12,000 people and their cars a ride home from the bar. The ride is free and all they ask is that you tip the driver. But now it seems their program may have run out of gas. "As of Friday night our service is no longer available." explains Founder Nonie Rispin.

Because of growing numbers of rides, the program which is solely funded on sponsors and bars that use the service,needed more money. They decided to charge a higher sponsor rate for the bars that used the service more. "The increases in sponsorship were based on usage of the program." explains Rispin. When that happened, the bars which represented 90% of Designated Driver's calls pulled out. "That involved 5 separate locations and 2 separate sponsorships." says Rispin, "When we increased the sponsorships those locations chose not continue sponsoring us."

Now Designated Driver is shut down, struggling to find a way to get back on the streets. For Rispin who's made it her life's work to help curb drunk driving, it's a battle she's not ready to give up on. "It breaks my heart, but I am not a quitter." she says, "I will not give up on providing this service to this community. I will find a way to bring it back."

CLICK HERE for Designated Driver of Colorado Springs' website

There will be a benefit for Designated Driver on November 11th at Meadow Muffins in Old Colorado City. Call Meadow Muffins at (719) 633-0583 for more information.



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