Yavis and Mor­rin SADD team up to curb drink­ing and driv­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Sub­mit­ted Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Pa­trons of Yavis Fam­ily Restau­rant have been re­ceiv­ing let­ters like this thank­ing them for not drink­ing and driv­ing and of­fer­ing them a voucher for their next visit. Stephanie Price of Yavis awards one such cus­tomer. A lo­cal restau­rant has teamed up with the Mor­rin School’s Stu­dents Against Drink­ing and Driv­ing (SADD) to pro­mote not drink­ing and driv­ing.

A few pa­trons of Yavis who have de­cided to leave their cars overnight at the es­tab­lish­ment re­ceived a friendly note on their cars.

“It reads, ” We wish to thank you for leav­ing your car parked overnight-- we are not sure if you con­sumed al­co­hol last night, but we want to thank you for not drink­ing and driv­ing.”

The let­ter was also a free voucher for a free ap­pe­tizer for next time the per­son vis­its.

Restau­ra­teur Amy Yavis ex­plains she was ap­proached by Katie Sun­t­jens, REACH Well­ness worker at Mor­rin School who was look­ing to part­ner in some way to pro­mote this im­por­tant mes­sage.

“The goal is pretty ob­vi­ous to make sure as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble don’t drink and drive. Many lives are lost each year due to some­thing that is so eas­ily pre­ventable, why not try and do as much as pos­si­ble to en­cour­age peo­ple to make the safe de­ci­sion too?” said Yavis.

She adds that as a busi­ness pro­pri­etor, she feels this is an im­por­tant is­sue.

“As an owner in this busi­ness, pre­vent­ing peo­ple from drink­ing and driv­ing is one of the hard­est things to do and there­fore one of the most im­por­tant things in my busi­ness. Yes I want every­one to have a great time when they come here but still make the re­spon­si­ble choice when they leave to not risk their lives or any oth­ers,” said Yavis.

She says they have only handed a few out each week, but al­ready about 20 have been dis­trib­uted, and they have been re­ceived very well.

“The Mor­rin chap­ter of Stu­dents Against Drunk Driv­ing and I plan to do this for a very long time and hope­fully as more peo­ple be­come aware of this then more peo­ple will make the right choice to park their ve­hi­cles overnight,” she said.

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