People probably shouldn’t need an incentive to do the right thing, especially when the matter is as serious as drunk driving. But at least one businessman thinks that customers who leave their cars overnight when they’ve had too much to drink deserve a perk now and then. Fortunately, he’s in a position to give one.
For years Duffy’s Pub of Kamloops, B.C. has been rewarding customers who park their cars overnight with $25 gift certificates good for food and drink at the restaurant. One customer was so tickled about his bonus that he posted a photo on Reddit, causing a great deal of interest in the dining spot and the proprietor Arthur Dolmat’s philosophy of rewarding good deeds.
Canada, in fact, has been more eager than other countries to make such gestures. Not long ago Hotspot Parking was giving Fredericton, New Brunswick drivers some extra hours of free parking to allow revelers to get to their cars downtown after a night out. The company thus encouraged drivers to leave their cars parked and find another way home, without worrying about a ticket in the morning.
Last Year the Nova Scotia RCMP began rewarding drivers for not drinking or using cellphones.
For those who do break the law and drive home drunk, B.C. has severe punishments, including immediate suspensions, vehicle impoundment, fines, and for third offense, an ignition interlock, which prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking.
But it’s good to know that those who do not break the law occasionally get a little attention paid to them as well. Our hats off to Duffy’s Pub and anyone else who, inspired by their example, decide to recognize Canada’s sober drivers.
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