Red Cross promotes sober driving this St. Patty’s Day

Designated drivers can enjoy free nonalcoholic beverages at participating bars

Even though we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, the Central Illinois Chapter is reminding revelers to stay safe and designate a sober driver. The Red Cross, IDOT, Baumgarten Distributing and the Tazewell County Health Department are teaming up with local bars to offer free nonalcoholic beverages to designated drivers.

WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2012, all day.

WHAT: At participating locations, designated drivers can enjoy free nonalcoholic beverages in special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” cups and they will also receive “Don’t try your luck” pins. Bars will hang banners and posters indicating their participation in the event. This is the sixth year the Red Cross has sponsored the designated driver promotion. Last year, the Red Cross and Tazewell County Health Department distributed about 3,000 cups to area bars.

WHERE: Participating locations include:

BG Karaoke, 5605 S. Adams St., Bartonville, IL
Buffalo Wild Wings, 833 W. Camp St., East Peoria, IL
Crusen’s, 2117 West Farmington Road West Peoria, IL
EP’s Timeout, 1011E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL
Goodfellas Pub & Pizza, 1414 N. 8th St., Pekin, IL
Jac’s Doghouse, 2024 Broadway St., Pekin, IL
Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery, 619 SW Water St., Peoria, IL
Kep’s Place, 313 Muller Rd, Washington, IL
Sully’s Pub, 121 SW Adams St., Peoria, IL
River Valley Bowl, 1000 Western Ave. Henry, IL
Silver Bullet, 135 N. Main St., East Peoria, IL
Yesterday’s, 363 Court St., Pekin, IL

“The Red Cross doesn’t want anyone to try their luck getting home on St. Patrick’s Day. Designating a sober driver means that you and your friends will return home safely,” said Marie Dietrich of the Red Cross Injury Prevention Department. “We hope that this program brings awareness to the problem of impaired driving, and gives people an incentive to celebrate responsibly.”

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