South Shore: Free soft drinks for Designated Drivers in Hingham, Norwell, Marshfield, Rockland

Free soft drinks, free water and other non-alcoholic beverages for free at over 70 South Shore establishments…but only if you’ve identified yourself as a designated driver.

“It’s not the individual who, at the end of the night, is the least drunk or least under-the-influence,” Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said. “It is somebody who has maintained and promised not to drink any alcoholic beverages during that time period.”

Cruz says the program is a partnership between his office and area police departments, including Rockland, Hingham, Marshfield, and Norwell. Marshfield police chief Phil Tavares says the town has had two drunk driving tragedies and is looking to prevent any more through the program.

“We have 100% participation in the town of Marshfield. There are 28 establishments that belong to it. We believe that it’s helped keep our streets very safe. The important thing to remember is that drunk driving is preventable,” Tavares said. “You need to plan ahead, think ahead. You don’t want to be the one on the front page of the newspaper that’s ruined everybody’s holiday including your own.”

The program was started in 2003 in Hingham after a serious crash on Thanksgiving night on Route 3A where a drunk driver struck a car carrying a family of six.

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz speaks among several area police chiefs Photo by Steve Burns

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz speaks among several area police chiefs
Photo by Steve Burns

About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.