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.