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Designated Drivers to start service in late July

WICHITA — A new designated driver service is coming to Wichita and it's called, appropriately enough, Designated Drivers.

Co-owner Kevin Barton used to work for Safe Riders, which now will be his competitor in the business of driving drinkers home.

Barton and business partner Jeff Weber are starting their business July 31. It won't be limited to driving drinkers (and their cars) home at the end of the night.

"I will provide them the services they request," Barton says. "If somebody has been drinking and then (wants) to go to a different bar, I have no problem with that."

That's not the case with some similar businesses nationally.

"This has been a hotly debated topic amongst this industry," Barton says.