MLA offering free rides to combat drunk driving
Hal Perry says he drove 50 people home last Christmas season
An Island politician is starting his own designated driving service this holiday season.
MLA Hal Perry said he is offering to drive residents in western P.E.I., home over the Christmas holidays until New Years Eve.
The Tignish-Palmer Road representative offered the service last year, saying there are limited taxi services in rural P.E.I.
Last season Perry said he drove 50 people home on New Years Eve, and hopes to help even more this year.
"Many people approached me and said this is a great idea, how can I help? It gives me great satisfaction to know that I'm potentially taking someone who might drink and drive off the road, and also an opportunity to educate and bring awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving," Perry said.
A rental agency has donated a seven-passenger van. Perry will be paying out of pocket for gas, but anyone using the service is asked to make a donation to MADD Canada.