St Helens Pubs and bars sign up to festive designated driver scheme

Inspector Dave Brennan

POLICE in the town centre have teamed up with pub landlords and bar owners to help cut down on drink driving as the festive season gets underway.

The Designated Driver scheme means if one person in a group of three or more agrees to drive they will be able to get a free soft drink with each round if they show their driving licence and car keys to staff. The type of soft drink will be at the discretion of the licensee and manager of the pub or bar.

A number of pubs and bars in the town centre have agreed to take part in the scheme which runs from the first week in December until the New Year. Town centre inspector Dave Brennan said: “We want to ensure that people have a great night out and can get home easily and safely afterwards.”

“Licensees are fully supportive of the initiative and by giving the designated driver an incentive to keep to soft drinks we hope it will help more people get home safely after an enjoyable evening.”

Matthew Williams, of the Sefton and St Helens Pub Watch chairman, said: “Pub Watch fully support this initiative and look forward to working together with the police to ensure our customers have a safe and enjoyable evening.”

The pubs and bars which have signed up to the scheme are Imperial, The Sefton, The Roundabout, The Venue, Dreem, V.I.P, Bar 44, The Royal Tavern, Ice Bar, Insomnia, The Lounge Bar, Market Tavern, The Nelson, Westfields, Rehab, The Function Room, Havana Bar & Restaurant, Breeze, Big Al’s and The News Room.

Story and photograph courtesy of the St Helens Star