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Drinking? Daikou service now only a cell call away

Date Posted: 2007-01-25

A new service aimed at eliminating drinking and driving on Okinawa is using cell phones and internet technology.

Asuko Uezuki, who said she “didn’t want my friends or myself to have an accident,” created the new ‘Mongolian’ Okinawa Daikou Information Site. More than 60 daikou companies have signed up to participate in the program, which allows drinkers to either call a central number on their cell phones, or turn to the htto://daikou.mongolian.jp/index.html internet address to call for a daikou unit to drive them home after drinking.

Daikou companies offer the service, where a two-driver team goes to the identified location and drives the drinking person—and his car—home. The service began December 28th, and had 230 patrons access the service in the first week. An objective of the new service is to provide vehicles in a matter of 10-15 minutes.

Uezuki, who knew a teacher who became drunk, then ran over and killed a colleague, designed to program and its software at no charge. She says “people can use it easily, even those who are too lazy to call a daiko in traditional fashion.”

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