"DDS gives college students a
responsible way to drink. If You're
going to drink, don't be stupid."
- Jenna Calaghan, Junior,
Organic Chemistry.
Everything you wanted to know about DDS (But were afraid to ask)

"Are you guys related to DPS or EPD?"
No, not at all. We are a student operated program, funded by the incidental fees that all enrolled students provide. EPD is the Eugene Police Department, which play a minimal role on campus. DPS is the Department of Public Safety, the campus security force who hands out MIPs or breaks up your dorm party. Our operators have no obligation to talk to either group, although we do so occasionaly if we have strong reason to believe that a passenger poses a serious risk to themselves or others. We all believe in the power of the DDS program, and strongly support it - after all, theres really not much sense in punishing an intoxicated minor if they made the good decision to find a designated driver. We all have the students best interests in mind, so relax - enjoy your ride.

"So, just to make sure...I won't get in any trouble if I call in for a ride and I 'might' be drunk?"
Theres no need to hide it - we ARE the Designated Driver Shuttle. While our sole mission is to provide safe transport for those who can't provide it for themselves, our main clientele are intoxicated students. And, as often is the case, our clientele aren't of the legal age. But that doesn't matter, because handing out MIPs once a person is on the bus IS NOT what DDS was set up for. DDS is here to help people....not punish them because they might be breaking legalities. No one is going to report or criminalize anyone.

"Is DDS really free?"
Yes, and no. Yes, in the sense that you don't have to shell out for a ride when the van comes to pick you up. But really (as I'm sure this site points our many, many times), this site is student-fee funded; all enrolled students end up paying a small portion which pays for gasoline, van maintenance, administration costs, and staff salaries. No matter how often you use DDS, you end up pyaing for it anyway - so why not use DDS? HOWEVER, that being said, it is VERY appreciative that people tip their driver...even if its just the change they have in their pocket. Imagine if you had to call a taxi to get a ride home...you would have had to pay at least 5 to 10 dollars. Or if a buddy picked you up, they might have expected that you buy them taco bell or something. If you honestly don't have any cash on you, don't worry about it...at least acknowledge that if you DID have some cash, you'd offer some. DDS is giving you a ride home, quickly and safely....don't be a bum, show some respect.

"Can I take my beer or leftover fifth on board? I promise I won't drink it."
Absolutely not. DDS has a strict 'No-Alcohol' policy on the vans. Granted, our drivers may not be intoxicated, but legally, we are not allowed to have alcohol in the vans at all. Some of our drivers are not of the legal age to drink yet, and so just BEING in the same car with alcohol puts them in a sort of legal-limbo. BUT, just for the reason that we are a student program, and because of our mission statement as a designated driver shuttle service, we are held to even higher standards than just the regular punishment of an MIP - much higher standards. The base fine if there is ANY alcohol in the vans - $10,000...for EACH of our drivers. That is how serious we are to making sure that no alcohol gets on board our vans. We don't care if its a full fifth, or you have a backpack to hide it in, or whatever...the answer is no. We will not give you a ride if you insist on taking alcohol with you. Period.

"Is there a passenger limit to how many people I can take with me?"
Technically, no, although there is a limited van capacity. They can only hold a maximum of 10 passengers at a certain time. Now, people usually don't call in with 9 friends that need to go with them, but do understand that with the more people we need to take, the less flexibility our operators have to schedule a ride for you. This means that often we have to make specialized trips if you have a large party with you, in which case your expected wait time will almost always be less. To explain this, You would need to learn about traffic scheduling, linear algebra on network flow, social economics ("As time progresses, what is the value of a ride?"), etc., and you have enough to worry about with school... so just take it as granted that the larger the party, the longer the wait time.

"About how long do I have to wait for a ride?"
Usually, the average wait time is about half an hour (30 minutes, for the numerically inclined). This is by far not an exact figure...on a non-weekend day (Sunday through Wednesday), wait times are half-an-hour, if not less. On a college weekend (Thursday - Saturday), expect times to be longer, because more people need rides on those days. Also know that the later the hour you call in for a ride, especially on a Thursday through Saturday, the longer an expected wait time will be. After 12:00 p.m. on a college weekend, expect a wait time of about 45 minutes, with times reaching up to an hour if not more.

"I called in for a ride once, and you told me you stopped taking rides, although it was before 2:30... what gives?!?"
Again, as just mentioned, wait times can reach up to an hour if not more. Although we operate until 3:00 p.m. (usually later than that...just ask our drivers), we may stop taking calls at 1:30 or so. The reasoning behind this is that we have over 60 - 90 minutes worth of rides to give out on our logs, and that we couldn't take anymore for the night. If we really delivered a advertised, and continued to take rides up until 3:00, our employees would not be able to leave until 5:00 - 5:30 a.m. (This is not an unfair estimate, either...trust us). So to get our employees out of the offices by 3:30 at the earliest, often we have to stop taking rides before 2:30. What to do? Call in early.

"So, do you guys, like, get paid for this?"
Yes; all of employees are getting paid to do this.

"Do you like your jobs?"
Of course! All of the staff enjoy their positions (or at least pretend to during the duration of their shift.) We all believe firmly in the power and support that DDS has provided the University during the last six years, which is part of the main drive for us - we enjoy being a part of a program that has the potential to save student's lives. Of course, the job provides its own challenges...you can only imagine when you constantly work around drunk people. But the pros weigh over the cons, so if forced to choose between this and most other jobs, we'd stick with DDS. Just *try* to make sure that you're not the one being the challenge for us.

"How come I need an exact address?"
It is part of our mission, as a legitimate student group on campus, to provide students with one designated ride back to their house. But, believe it or not, students still think it's OK to call DDS to take them to a party, or a transport in between parties (Shocking!). As employees, we understand that this happens all the time. And although we check to make sure that people aren't getting more than one ride, or rides to other than their house, its unrealistic that we would catch every single student that tries this. Getting this out straight, thats why we demand that you have the exact address of where you are going when you call in. If you know the address off the top of your head, then theres a better chance that you're using DDS for its intended purpose, versus your personal "party shuttle." I mean, lets be honest...if you want to go to the address of (for example) 15th and Alder, or 14th and Hilyard, and you don't have an address of where you're going, you're assuredly NOT going home. In fact, if I may be so bold to say, you're going to a party! In which case, you will not get a ride. Simply put, just get an exact address. We know that we won't catch everyone that tries this. But if you have an exact address, then theres a much better chance that you're going to end up somewhere safe, with someone you know, versus out and about, possibly with strangers. We attend to policy, but only after student safety.