LAPD, Sheriff and CHP Aiding MADD Program

Three Los Angeles area law enforcement agencies joined with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to encourage area restaurants to participate in a designated driver program, Sandy Freeman, president of MADD's Los Angeles chapter told a press conference Tuesday.

Officers from the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department and the Sheriff's Department have been querying restaurant owners about whether they will join the program, Freeman said. Participating owners have agreed to ask patron groups if they will designate one person in their party to refrain from drinking to help ensure that the others have a safe ride home. As part of the program, the designated driver is given free non-alcoholic drinks, she said.

After two years of promotion by MADD, about 125 restaurants in the county are participating or have agreed to join the program, Freeman said.

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