People who drink and drive take a huge risk – arrest, jail, possibly injuring or killing themselves or others.
So why do they do it, even when a friend is willing to take them home or a cab is just a phone call away?
One of the main reasons, according to experts, is because they don't want to leave their vehicles behind.
No one ever said drunk people make a lot of sense.
A new service in York County aims to remove that irrational excuse by transporting both driver and vehicle safely home.
Since its local launch a few months ago, Berks County-based StearClear is getting rave reviews from local bar owners, who say the service is easy to use and long overdue.
"People won't call cabs or ride home with someone else because they want their car with them the next day to go to work or somewhere else. They want their car safe with them," said Matt Landis, an owner of Fat Daddy's in Springettsbury Township and a board member of the York Tavern Association.
"I've been in business for more than 15 years and know the after-hours transportation in York is definitely lacking," he said. "StearClear definitely helps give more options to our patrons and keeps people safe."
Here's how it works:
A customer who has had one too many summons StearClear via a smartphone app.
The company dispatches two drivers to provide assistance — one to drive the customer home in the customer's car and another driver who follows behind to bring back the designated driver.
It's a mileage-based service that charges fares similar to a taxi ride, with an average ride costing $30.
Landis said some of his customers have used StearClear and have been very happy with it.
Despite some reservations, such as liabilities the company might be taking on, the director of the York County Center for Traffic also welcomes the service.
"Anything that will keep those under influence of alcohol or any substance from getting behind the wheel is good thing," Wayne Harper said. "There are some issues there, but the bottom line is our office, we want to save lives."
He said StearClear is similar to a free program offered years ago through which local business owners partnered with a cab company to provide intoxicated patrons free rides home. In the morning, they'd get free rides back to the establishment to pick up their vehicles.
Unfortunately, that program ended when the cab company went out of business.
The need, however, never went away.
StearClear CEO Dan Glover said the company averages 15 to 20 rides on weeknights, and demand on weekends continues to increase — so much so he needs to hire more drivers.
That such a business is thriving in York County might not be something to brag about.
But if people are going to drink till they're impaired, we're glad StearClear is here.