Free bus service New Year’s Eve aims to curtail drink driving

Free bus service will again be available on New Year’s Eve, from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 to 3 a.m. Jan. 1 as part of a campaign to reduce the number of drink driving incidents on Grand Cayman. 

The National Drug Council has announced that the Purple Ribbon bus service, in conjunction with Reid’s Premier Tours, plans to have approximately eight buses running a regular route from West Bay to Bodden Town, with stops at many restaurants, bars and clubs.  

Those who are interested in using the service should look for the Reid’s Premier Tour buses with the purple ribbons on the front. The buses will run at regular intervals and will pick up passengers at restaurants, bars and nightclubs, or at regular bus stops on the route. The Purple Ribbon buses will run to East End and North Side occasionally.  

To date, participating restaurants include: Champion House II, Cimboco, Decker’s, Grand Old House, Luca and Ragazzi Ristorante. 

 

Designated drivers 

Those who identify themselves as a designated driver to their server at participating establishments can receive free non-alcoholic beverages all evening and a free purple wristband that indicates their designated-driver status.  

 

Simple message 

The campaign’s message is: Don’t drink and drive; either designate a driver or use the Purple Ribbon buses, according to a press release from the National Drug Council. 

The council said this year’s bus service has been made possible through the sponsorship of Greenlight RE, Jacques Scott Group Ltd. and Cayman National Bank. 

Over the 13 years of the program, the council said in its release, thousands of revelers have used the free service, which was established with the aim of reducing the number of drink driving incidents on our roads.  

“Although many of our residents drive responsibly, there are still those who believe they can drink and then drive safely, despite evidence to the contrary,” the council’s press release states. “Drink driving wrecks lives, can lead to arrest and imprisonment, loss of one’s driver’s license, and can ultimately be responsible for taking someone’s life.” 

Meanwhile, the council is seeking additional support to ensure the free buses will be able to operate on schedule.  

Council director Joan West-Dacres said, “We are happy for the support of our sponsors and their pledge of financial support to ensure that the Purple Ribbon buses are made available again this holiday season. We encourage others to sponsor this initiative and help the NDC and your communities have a safe and happy holiday season.”  

Establishments wishing to participate in the Designated Driver Program should contact the NDC on 949-9000 to confirm their participation and request the free purple wristbands. For more information, please call Joan West-Dacres or Susan Ebanks of the National Drug Council on 949-9000. 

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