Designated drivers stay safe with free soft drinks, coffee
April 1, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A new designated driver campaign kicks off throughout U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, starting April 1.
The campaign urges safe consumption of alcohol at Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities that serve alcohol.
Soldiers and family members who are designated drivers can get wristbands from servers and bartenders that will mean free soft drinks and coffee for the evening.
The campaign aims to reduce driving incidents while intoxicated and protecting the community and Soldiers' careers from negative incidents related to alcohol consumption.
The campaign provides an alternative way of arriving home safely.
The Designated Driver program is a local initiative, part of DFMWR's Club Concept, which provides quality entertainment options and an expanded menu of programs and activities for Soldiers and their families.
"The Designated Driver program supports Club Concept programming by offering guests at (DFMWR) activities safe alternatives to driving when they should not be driving," said Rhonda Hunter, division chief, Business Operations, DFMWR. "We want our guests to have fun at our activities, but at the end of the night, we want them to be safe as well."
DFMWR anticipates sharing the Designated Driver campaign with other garrisons.
"Our program was developed so that other garrisons could use the collateral materials and establish their own Designated Driver program with little effort," Hunter said. "By making it easy for other garrisons to establish their own Designated Driver program, they will more likely establish the program, and they too could possibly save a career, a family or a life by providing a safe way home for their guests."
Currently, eight Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities that serve alcohol are participating in the Designated Driver campaign. Call 808-656-0104.
-Fort Shafter's Hale Ikena.
-Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield bowling centers.
-Kilauea Military Camp's Lava Lounge.
-Leilehua Golf Course's Leilehua Grill.
-Schofield Barracks' Kolekole Bar and Grill and the Nehelani.
-Schofield Barracks' Tropics Recreation Center.