Today’s Editorial for December 31: Community at heart of decision

Giving back is what this season is all about and it seems one group of young people have taken the message to heart.

We have to give props to the Young United Democratic Party members who saw a need and met it.

Each year at New Year’s Eve we take for granted that the popular Purple Ribbon Bus Programme is going to roll as usual.

For those unfamiliar with the campaign, it provides free bus service to those who have been drinking on New Year’s Eve.

The National Drug Council started the programme nine years ago to help ensure that those who imbibe on New Year’s Eve don’t get behind the wheel of a motorised vehicle and cause accidents or, worse yet, deaths.

While the programme is free to those who need it, there are costs associated to the service.

When members of the YUDP learned the NDC couldn’t afford the programme this year, they stepped up to the plate to become the Purple Ribbon sponsor.

Some members of the YUDP are likely to be our future political leaders in the Cayman Islands. It is good that they are taking up the mantle of community service early on in their lives.

The buses are being provided by Reid’s Premier Tours.

Now that the YUDP has stepped up to the plate to help with drink driving problems in the Cayman Islands, New Year’s Eve revellers have absolutely no excuse to drink and drive.

There are several campaigns urging people to not drink and drive this holiday season. One of the best ways to keep danger off our roadways is to designate a driver – someone who won’t partake of adult beverages and will see to it that you are safely transported from pub to pub and home.

The management and staff of the Caymanian Compass and Cayman Free Press implore everyone to have a safe and happy New Year. If you’re going to drink tonight and into 1 January, please do not drive. Call a bus, a taxi or a sober friend. We all need to be safe to welcome the New Year.