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To­day, Au­gust 6, is the Na­tional Don’t Drink and Drive Day and although we think it shouldn’t be just a one-day con­cept, the ini­tia­tive is ad­mirable.

The cam­paign, started by the NGO Com­mu­nity Against Drunken Driv­ing (CADD) in 2005, has gained steam over the last few years. “This year, over 100 pubs in Delhi have com­mit­ted to pro­vide taxis and driv­ers to those who want to drive af­ter drink­ing. NCR pubs have re­sponded equally well,” says CADD founder, Prince Singhal.

“Keep­ing in mind that about 60% of our guests drink, we’ve also adopted the cam­paign,” says Di­nesh Arora, owner of Elf Cafe & Bar. Sameer Dutt, GM of 7 De­grees Brauhaus, adds, “We re­quest guests to leave their cars in the park­ing and even of­fer to pay the park­ing fee.”

“We have tie-ups with var­i­ous taxi ser­vices and en­cour­age cus­tomers to take a cab if they’re not up to driv­ing on their own,” says Man­ish Choudhary, owner, TC and Route 04.


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