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Local Towing Service Offers Free Rides

Posted December 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The Highway Patrol's drunk driving initiative kicked off Monday night. Troopers have been ordered to concentrate their efforts on taking drunk drivers off the street. They're even getting help from the community to do it.

How much booze is too much? That's the question area bartenders must answer. Tt TGI Friday's, bartenders go through extensive training to learn how to answer it. And they follow the rules. Those rules keep them from serving more than 3 drinks in an hour.

Bar manager John Shellhase says if a customer is drinking three or four drinks in one hour, they are planning on drinking heavily. It's for that reason bartenders really need to monitor the situation.

They also look for slurred speech and obnoxious behavior. ALE agent Bill Holden says there are some employees who have never been trained to recognize the signs of intoxication. Some don't even know what proper identification looks like.

Alcohol and Law Enforcement agents also provide training through their BARS program, be a responsible servant.

If people have too much to drink, they don't have to get behind the wheel to make it home. Charles Bullock's towing company will take people home, free of charge, through the new year. His company will not, however, take people from party to party.

Bullock has provided free rides for the past eight years. He does it in the hopes of saving the life of a driver who has had too much to drink, and other innocent people on the roads.

Johnston County's Towing Association is offering to take drunk drivers home as well. If you overindulge and need a ride, you can call (888)890-5220.

The free service runs from December 23rd through January first. You must own the car being towed, have the keys and both pickup and delivery must be in Johnston County.