Lexington, S.C. (December 30, 2016) – Chief Terrence Green would like to remind those planning on going out on New Year’s Even to have a safe and sober driver to get them home after any alcohol during the night’s festivities whether it be with a designated driver, taxi or Uber, or tow company.
The Lexington Police Department has developed partnerships with bars and restaurants throughout the Town of Lexington with the blue band “Be a Designated Driver, a Friend for Life” program which allows those wearing the blue silicone band to have non-alcoholic beverages free of charge throughout the visit with friends who are drinking alcohol. The blue silicone bands can be asked for free of charge at all participating bars and restaurants or picked up at the Lexington Police Department.
“Operation Safe Tow” is a new program which was started earlier this year in collaboration with ten local towing services to provide a vehicle tow and ride for up to two people for the flat fee of $100. This program was created for those who has been drinking alcohol and may not want to leave their vehicle at a party, bar, or restaurant. The fee covers all tows within fifteen miles of the Town of Lexington.
Chief Terrence Green stated, “Every New Year’s Day holiday is a solemn reminder of the senseless death of Emma Longstreet nearly five years ago as she and her family were on their way to church and involved in a fatal collision with a drunk driver.
In the years since her passing the Lexington Police Department has worked hard to combat drinking under the influence through enforcement activities, education, and creating partnerships and innovative programs with Town of Lexington bars, restaurants, and tow companies to give those who may be intoxicated, a safe and sober way to get home.
We’ve taken a hard stance with those who are found to be driving under the influence and Lexington Police Department officers will be out in force throughout the holiday weekend to ensure safe roadways for the Town of Lexington community. Please make the smart decision to have a sober driver behind the wheel this holiday weekend.”