Drinkers can be many things, but safe drivers are not among them. A new bar in rural Prince Edward Island has opened up, and the proprietor, Tracy Costain, is taking responsibility for her customers’ safety, and that of those on the road with her customers.
Prospective drinkers pay $20 to be picked up at their homes by the Hitch-A-Ride bus. At closing, the bus ferries all of the customers right to their doorstep.
The ride home is the crucial one – that’s when the customers are not fit to drive, after all. But the earlier ride to the bar also makes a difference – that ensures that they won’t even have their vehicles with them, so they won’t be tempted to ditch the bus and drive home. The problem with alcohol is not just that it impairs one’s driving ability. It also diminishes one’s ability to make sensible decisions about driving. That’s no longer an issue if the car is back home in the garage.
A bar shuttle like this is even more useful in a place like Prince Edward Island, which has few public transport options outside of a couple of metropolitan areas.
Kudos to Ms Costain and Angel Gavin, the shuttle driver, for starting a service that helps keep roads in rural PEI a little safer.