Drinking? Who can drive you
Service can get you home safe in your own car
A HILLS-based designated driver service has grown “exponentially” since it began six years ago, according to its Kellyville owners.
After her son Jason was killed in a car accident in Castle Hill in January 1996, Julieanne Bridges and her husband Kym began working in road safety.
It was while the Kellyville couple were working as lecturers in the NSW Traffic Offenders Program that they saw a need for a designated driver service.
They started a company called You Drink, We Drive, before selling their shares in 2010 and opening Who’s Driving in 2011.
The service allows people to be taken home in their own car when they cannot drive themselves, such as after medical appointments or after drinking alcohol.
“Our demographic is 35plus and their families, because you can take your kids out in their baby seats in your own car,” Mrs Bridges said.
Mrs Bridges said the service was not limited to drivers who wanted to drink but for “whenever you can’t drive”.
“When you ask the question who’s driving, we will,” she said.
Mrs Bridges said the service meant customers did not need to rely on taxis or public transport, which could be challenging for people living in the Hills. “There’s nothing worse than going to the city and getting a taxi home and in the morning having to go back and get (your car),” she said.
The business began servicing the Hills District and has since spread across Syd- ney. “We’ve got customers now out as far as Luddenham and Bringelly,” Mrs Bridges said.
Mrs Bridges said the business had grown every month since it started, with September to December often their busiest period.
“We did 375 pick ups in December and 100 of those were new pick ups,” she said.
Mrs Bridges said the service was “not promoting going out and getting drunk” but encouraged responsible behaviour when it came to drinking and driving.
“It’s good for the community,” she said.
Hills local area command Superintendent Rob Critchlow said drinking and driving remained a major killer on the road and a cause of serious crashes.
“When you plan to drink you need a plan B to get home,” he said.
“While we do not endorse any particular business, we support any positive strategies to allow people to have a positive social life while … not driving after they have been drinking.”
Who’s Driving managing director Julieanne Bridges and Inspector Jim Szabo. Picture: Peter Kelly