It will be drinks ‘on the house’ at some licensed premises in the Cowal area over the party season – but strictly non-alcoholic ones.
Argyll and Bute Council and Strathclyde Police have teamed up for the month-long ‘B.O.G.O.F – DRIVE SOBER’ campaign. The novel ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ scheme rewards drivers who choose non-alcoholic drinks.
The initiative went live today, with local pubs, hotels and restaurants giving away free soft drinks, juice and bottles of water. It is hoped that the scheme will reduce drink driving and drive down road casualties.
The participating licensed outlets are:
- The Drimsynie Holiday Village, Lochgoilhead.
- The Shorehouse, Lochgoilhead.
- The Lochgoilhead Hotel.
- Hunters Quay Holiday Village.
- The Creggans Inn, Strachur.
- The Whistlefield Inn.
- The Clachan Bar, Strachur.
- The Stagecoach Inn, Cairndow.
Councillor Bruce Marshall, chair of the Bute and Cowal area committee, said: “I wholeheartedly welcome this partnership approach between Strathclyde Police and local rural hostelries and I hope it will result in fewer arrests and even fewer accidents over the festive season”
At the campaign’s Dunoon headquarters, Chief Inspector Andrew Mosley said: “This brings to the fore our Community Partnership working featuring well-known licensed establishments in the Cowal area with the full backing of Argyll and Bute Council.
“The designated driver plays a vital role, especially throughout the Christmas party season and it is felt that their selflessness should be recognised and rewarded.”
The scheme was launched at the Drimsynie complex in Lochgoilhead. Keen supporter Keith Campbell of the Lochgoilhead-based Drimsynie leisure group said: “Our sponsorship is aimed at helping to improve road safety over the busy festive season. Promotions like this make the experience more fun for everyone.”