Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University chapter of SADD and seven local taverns are teaming up to give designated drivers free sodas.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  In the “Free Drinks if You DonÂ’t Drink” program, designated drivers can inform bartenders at any of the participating taverns that they are the designated driver and receive free sodas. The offer is good at JTÂ’s Shaft, The Long Shot, the Portside Inn, the Shamrock, RemieÂ’s, the Third Base Bar, and the Village Pub.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “We feel that it is less likely that there will be impaired drivers on the road in Marquette due to this project,” said Gwen Buck, the president and founder of the NMU chapter of SADD. “This is because someone who is broke for the night will still be able to go out with their friends, and since they can receive free sodas, that person can take their turn being the designated driver that night.”

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Buck said that some taverns gave free sodas to designated drivers before SADD initiated this project. The group expanded the program by enlisting support from additional taverns.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “This gives the bars a chance to get their name out in the community and let people know that they support designated drivers, as well as letting the community know about this opportunity,” she said.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman