Tag: Designated Driver

car keys on xmas tree-gift of designated driver

Not much shopping time left before Christmas. If you’re still looking for gifts for your friends, and the Bluetooth-enabled coffee cup doesn’t grab you, here’s one to consider: give them the gift of a designated driver. Specifically, a gift certificate good for one sober ride home after a night of partying.

This gift has a lot going for it:

  • It’s free.
  • It shows you care about your friends.
  • You can have a great time on the night they cash in the gift.
  • You’ll feel great the next morning with no hangover.

There’s no downside, although you really can’t drink alcohol on night your friend selects. But the peace of mind and freedom you’re giving him or her is well worth it.

How to Give a Night of Designated Driving

The easiest way to give your DD gift is to download and print this gift certificate. Fill it out and present to your friend, (or friends – it costs $0 no matter how many you give). Your friend will be touched by your generosity, we guarantee it.

On the night, there’s not much to know. Just:

  • Show up sober.
  • Stay sober – don’t drink any alcohol at all. There are 364 other nights in the year for that if you wish, but tonight’s the sober night, and your friends are depending on you.
  • Get your friend (or friends) home safely. That’s it – you’re the hero.

The first two points are important: there have been studies showing that designated drivers do not always stick to their plan – often they drink, but because they are less drunk than the rest of the crowd, they think they’re able to drive. If your gift is to have meaning, you need to do the right thing and avoid alcohol.

So consider a DD certificate – fast, free, and guaranteed to be well-received by your party-loving friends. And be safe this holiday season.

designated driver birthday giftShopping for birthday gifts isn’t always easy. It takes time, and you never know if you’ve bought the right thing. Gift cards are okay – but some people consider them impersonal or lazy.

And face it – sometimes money is a problem. You want to give a gift that’s worthy of the recipient, but that might not always be practical.

If you’re a driver with friends who drink, consider an unusual birthday present that won’t cost anything but time, but which will be greatly appreciated: offer to be a designated driver for a night out.

designated driver gift voucherIt’s a gift that shows thoughtfulness, and which will add extra ease and relaxation to some other celebration or event in your friend’s life.

To make it more fun, consider writing out a certificate or coupon for the service, to be redeemed when the user needs a designated driver for a party or other night out.

Designated drivers are unsung heroes. When you think of it, they’re out there every day, saving countless lives, even  though you  (and they) don’t realize it. Much of the downturn in alcohol-related road fatalities in recent years has been because more people are choosing not to drive drunk, and instead making better choices involving designated drivers or other options.

So if a gift card isn’t really you, and you can’t find the perfect thing online – or even if you can – consider giving the gift of sober and safe driving. You’ll really be giving the gift of safety and peace of mind. What more could anyone wish for on their birthday?

Tipsy Tow. Those are the words you need to know this Sunday night.

If you’ve been partying – or if your driver has been partying, call the AAA help number and ask for a Tipsy Tow. A tow truck and driver will pick you up – and pick up your vehicle – and deposit you both safely at home.

You can do it all over again on New Year’s Eve.

It’s AAA’s way of keeping impaired drivers off the roads during the holiday season.

There’s no catch – but there are some conditions you need to know about:

  • It’s free, but only 10 miles. If you’ve been drinking more than 10 miles from home, you’ll pay a standard towing rate. So if you know you’re going to avail yourself of the service, why not confine your celebrations to a 9-mile radius?
  • Tipsy Tow delivers you home. Don’t even think of trying to get a tow to another bar or party. You can go to a hotel if you stay there, though.
  • Tipsy Tow is for towing and a ride only. It’s not for  vehicle starts, flat tire changes, battery replacements, or gas delivery.

When You Can Take Advantage of Tipsy Tow

Christmas Eve, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24 to 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25

New Year’s Eve, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1

tipsy-towHow to Take Advantage of Tipsy Tow

  • Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357)
  • Say: I’d like a “Tipsy Tow”
  • Provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle and driver location

Monitech wishes you a safe holiday season.


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There are heroes in movies and comics that wear capes. And heroes in real life that wear uniforms.

But there are also heroes that dress like you and me. They don’t have any special powers or even special training – what they do is pretty much what other people do. But because they do it when they do it, they save lives every day. They save lives by the thousand.

These are our designated drivers. Heroes who come with us to parties, to bars, to dinner, and who stick to ginger ale, water, and juice. They let us drink, and then they drive us home safely.

They deserve some recognition for their heroism, and for 30 years, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has been giving it to them. 2006 is the 30th anniversary of the Tie One On for Safety campaign, the organization’s longest-running and most visible public awareness project. MADD asks that you display a MADD red ribbon on your vehicle to let the world know that you support designated drivers. You can find a ribbon, magnet or decal at a local MADD affiliate.

Tie one on for safety today. Click the button to share on Facebook. And don’t forget to thank your designated driver. We need more heroes in this world.

designated driver free for Raleigh-DurhamIf you’re drinking in Raleigh-Durham this Saturday, you might not need to worry about getting home without driving. You’re covered, and it won’t cost you a cent, thanks to the combination of technology and public-spirited enterprise. BeMyDD, a designated driver service, will spot you a free ride.

Drinking alcohol goes back millennia in human history, but drunk driving is a problem of the last hundred years or so. It took two pieces of technology to get the problem under control.

Breathalyzer technology gave us the means to judge drunkenness and prosecute people for drunk driving. It also gave us the ignition interlock, a device which prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking.

Smartphone technology gave us the designated driver app. It might not seem like a breakthrough, but having designated drivers available to drive people and their cars home after a night of drinking has made the roads a lot safer.

BeMyDD, which bills itself as the nation’s largest designated driver service, is hoping to spread its reach farther and bring more drinkers into the fold with its 24-city Designated Driver Tour. This Saturday, June 11th, the tour comes to Raleigh-Durham. That means that anyone who needs a ride home on that night can tap the BeMyDD smartphone app and order a driver for him or herself – and have the car driven home as well.

Free pickup will be available between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 11th. The service is free on that night, but supply of drivers is not unlimited, so it’s on a first-come, first served basis.

If you’re feeling left out, note that anyone in any city served by BeMyDD can get $20 off their fare by using the promo code DDTOUR.

The tour isn’t just a giveaway – the purpose is to acquaint more people with the convenience and safety of having a designated driver  pick you up after a night of drinking, and having another one to bring your vehicle home as well.

To learn more about the tour, which has four more planned stops in Las Vegas, Houston, San Antonio, and New York City, check out the BeMyDD website. You can also download the smartphone app there.

And whatever you’re doing in Raleigh-Durham anytime, if it involves drinking, plan your  ride home. It won’t always be free, but it will always be the cheapest and safest alternative.

wine-tour-california-designated driverIt’s a true California story: wine, tourists, sunshine, and the Pacific Coast Highway. Recently an Arizona couple went on a wine tour through Sonoma County, sampling vintages at several wineries and then getting back on Highway 101.

Witnesses saw the car veer into the oncoming lane and then onto the shoulder. The car pulled over at an exit and the drivers switched places, presumably because one was too intoxicated to drive.

Unfortunately, both were over the limit, and after a CHP pulled them over and tested them, both were arrested for DUI.

The problem is obvious. Wineries are spread out over Napa and Sonoma counties, and they can only be reached by car. But the whole point of visiting them is to drink wine. wine-tour-ends-in-duiAs the Arizona couple found out, there isn’t a way to enjoy wine country thoroughly and also drive.

So what can you do?

  • Join a wine tour. Many tour companies in wine country will help you hit the notable wineries without having to worry about navigation or arrest.
  • Bring along a designated driver. Team up with a friend who prefers another drink, and let him or her drive during the day while you sip the sauvignon. Later on you can return the favor. With a bit of Googling you can even hire a designated driver if you don’t have a friend who can resist a good merlot.
  • Hire a driver. It costs a bit more, but you can hire a car and driver and have the luxury of visiting whichever wineries you want, and sampling the wares without worry.

Whoever conceived of the wine tour wasn’t really thinking straight. Lure people to your vineyard, ply people with wine, and then expect them to get home legally and safely? Still, we wouldn’t want to end this institution, which is popular in all our wine-growing regions. However, even in Sonoma county, if you’re on the road, all bets are not off: the DUI laws still apply.


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