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There's a new biker gang in town, cruising the Augusta streets at night, hanging out in front of bars and clubs, looking for cars to lift -- with the owner's permission, of course. It's the staff of Zingo, a designated driver service.

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Zingo employee John Savage cruises along McDowell Street in Augusta. Zingo workers pick up drivers after a night out, put their scooters in the trunk and drive the client's car home. The motorbikes the employees use take only a few seconds to fold.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
Zingo employee John Savage cruises along McDowell Street in Augusta. Zingo workers pick up drivers after a night out, put their scooters in the trunk and drive the client's car home. The motorbikes the employees use take only a few seconds to fold.

Founded in 2005 by two Atlanta entrepreneurs, Zingo Transportation Inc. has become popular across the nation. How it works: You call the business after a night out, or even after a doctor appointment, and a Zingo driver will come to drive you home.

The cost: $20 for pickup and $3 per mile.

"Driving for Zingo is like coming to someone's rescue before they do something they'll regret," says driver John Savage. "It feels awesome knowing you're a part of someone's responsible decision to party smart."

Mr. Savage, who has been driving with the company since it opened in March, said he was once dispatched to a party only to make a late night run to a fast food drive-through.

"That's not traditionally the way Zingo works, but it made several of our clients very happy," Mr. Savage said.

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puddeecat 05/18/09 - 06:23 am
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This is great, but what phone

This is great, but what phone number do customers call to get a ride????

AAQueen
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AAQueen 05/18/09 - 08:04 am
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I wonder if the drivers have

I wonder if the drivers have to pass some type of security/background check.

Tots
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Tots 05/18/09 - 01:47 pm
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I would think it was cheaper

I would think it was cheaper to call a taxi.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 05/18/09 - 09:21 pm
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Scooters on the road with

Scooters on the road with other drunk drivers? Brave folks out there

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