As part of Cardiff & Vale’s drink drive campaign, South Wales Police's recent DES (Designated Driver) Scheme is allowing 25 pubs and restaurants across Cardiff and the Vale to offer free draught soft drinks to designated drivers. A designated driver is someone who abstains from drinking alcohol to act as the responsible driver.
The aim of the scheme is to promote responsible drinking with road safety in mind. The Vale of Glamorganshire Golf Club, (pictured above) was one of the first premises to sign up to the new scheme, which included The Philharmonic, Brewhouse and Revolution among many others.
Claire Dewhurst, South Wales Police Licensing Officer, said:
"I am really proud to have launched the 'DES (Designated Driver) Scheme', the first in Wales. Within the short period of time so many premises are on board to support this worthwhile initiative. Be a hero! Be a DES! And if you’d like to join the scheme then please contact your local licensing team.
"The scheme has already proved to be really successful. We are encouraging everyone to participate especially during this festive period when everyone is out enjoying themselves. We all know it can sometimes be a burden being the designated driver but we are hopeful that this scheme will encourage more people to be aware of drink driving and the importance of being safe on the roads.”
The Alchemist on St Mary Street in Cardiff, one of the many restaurants and bars taking part in the scheme - Credit: Cardiff Local Guide
Manager of Glamorganshire Golf Club, Russell Thomas, said:
“We were delighted to be one of the first premises signed up to the ‘DES’ scheme. We wholeheartedly support South Wales Police's efforts in promoting safe driving and hope our locals will too.”
Alongside the launch of the DES scheme, South Wales Police have also begun Operation Limit, which aims to reduce drink and drug driving and keep the roads safe. In the first week of the operation alone, 21 people were arrested for drink drive offences and have been charged to the court system.
Currently, the premises taking part in the scheme are:
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