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Programs provide safe alternative to drunk driving

By Bonney Bowman 3:27 PM December 15, 2013

The Off the Road program --- founded by the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer’s Association several years ago – partners with local businesses to provide cab services to patrons too drunk to drive.

ANCHORAGE – Alaskans planning on having a few drinks over the holiday season may find themselves using one of several services designed to cut back on drunk driving.

The Off the Road program — founded by the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer’s Association several years ago — partners with local businesses to provide cab services to patrons too drunk to drive. Participating businesses, like Glacier Brewhouse, call two cabs. While one gives the intoxicated customer a ride home, the driver of the second cab will drive the customer’s vehicle home, too.

Glacier Brewhouse General Manager Will Warren said his restaurant doesn’t have to use the service often, but it’s a welcome option.

“We really train our servers to err on the side of caution when it comes to over-consumption issues here,” he said. “But it is really nice to know that program is available as one other alternative that might prevent somebody from getting in their car and driving home.”

Click here for a complete list of bars and restaurants participating in the Off the Road program.

Tipsy Tow, another program provided by AAA and several local tow companies, also offers free tows to holiday revelers who’ve had one drink too many.

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