VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Thanks to the stiffer drinking and driving penalties, business is up at one local company.  Dyann Mullen, owner of A Safe Ride, says the number of people using the program has increased.

A Safe Ride works by arranging someone to drive your car home if you’ve had a few too many drinks.

Mullen explains she is getting a lot of calls and in fact, business has tripled.  “It’s just been crazy. People are afraid of roadblocks. Lots of people are afraid of even drinking the one drink or beer and driving home.”

She says a couple of weeks ago, they’d average about 86 calls on a Saturday night. However, this weekend they received 127 calls.

Mullen admits she didn’t expect the jump in customers, saying people just don’t want to take the chance and have a drink before getting behind the wheel.