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Published March 16, 2014, 05:48 PM

NDSU students create new service to help fellow Bison get home safely

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new service created by a few NDSU students aims to help their fellow Bison get home safely. The Bison Beeper is a way to track down a designated driver after drinking a few too many.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new service created by a few NDSU students aims to help their fellow Bison get home safely.

The Bison Beeper is a way to track down a designated driver after drinking a few too many.

"Picking up a student from a bar and bringing them where they need to be, it feels good."

We all know how important it is to designate a driver before going out.

But let's be honest: that doesn't always happen.

Now, students at NDSU have a back-up plan, thanks to a few enterprising classmates.

Drew Spooner/Co-Creator: "When Fargo was deemed the drunkest city in America in January, we really think that press doesn't represent our city well. We want to become part of the solution here on campus."

Drew Spooner, Tim Hanson, and Cale Homuth are behind the Bison Beeper.

It's a designated driver and carpool resource an idea they borrowed from another school in North Carolina.

Cale Homuth/NDSU Junior: "It certainly is a point of comfort realizing that you can call upon your fellow Bison, people that may have been in your shoes before."

Here's how it works: anyone can be a driver, or "beeper," and anyone can get a ride.

They just join the Bison Beeper group on Facebook.

Beepers post their phone number and hours they'll be available on the page and riders call or text their location.

Spooner: "Riders are encouraged to tip the drivers to compensate for their time and gas. We've recommended like $2."

Tim Hanson/Co-Creator: "The first question they'll ask is, 'what is this and why are you doing it?' They just don't understand, except they're so appreciative of it."

Of course, since anyone can join the group, they do have one suggestion for students who use the beeper:

Spooner: "We want to remind students to travel in groups and be smart and safe. Still keep that good common sense."

The Bison Beeper is not formally affiliated with NDSU.

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