SOBER GIRLS DESIGNATED DRIVERS ON LIQUOR PROVIDERS AND LIABILITY!

“Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC” blogs a lot about laws being tough when it comes to drinking and driving, therefore it is increasingly important to ensure your organization is taking as many steps as is reasonably possible to reduce your exposure to liability for injuries that occur both on and off premises. When an establishment sells intoxicating beverages, they have to accept this as the price of doing business, and they have a duty to keep the roads free of drunk drivers…The duty to take affirmative action is for the protection of the general public. Hague v. Billings (1989), 48 C.C.L.T. 192.

As a commercial liquor provider who profits from the sale of liquor to the public; the law states you have a responsibility to your patrons and the general public that requires you to take reasonable steps to prevent injury to patrons or anyone as a result of your patrons being intoxication. The courts believe that when the risks that arise from the sale of intoxicating beverages should be controlled by the organization/establishment that has a financial interest with creating that risk.

“Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC” helps protect establishments serving alcohol by offering a Designated Driver Service to patrons that enables them to get their vehicle home with them in it. Commercial liquor providers are required by law to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of guests this may mean insuring a licensed cab or designated driver service is available to them depending on the circumstances; however there are certain steps that your organization can take to help minimize your exposure to liability. Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC has implement effective policies and procedures, and we have effective management supervision with consistent staff training, and also protocols which ensure patrons and staff safety in the industry.

For Liquor providers you must make sure that your policies are in place you must monitor patron’s consumption; serving staff and bartenders should be monitoring the level of consumption of the patrons and cut off patrons that are too intoxicated. Certification to serve known as the Serving It Right certification for all staff responsible for serving is required by law. The main signs of identifiable intoxication like change in behavior, inappropriate comments, and speech speed fast/slow with slurred speech, stumbling, fatigue, sweating, red/ bloodshot eyes and lastly poor motor control. Also remember to screen the patrons who want into the establishment, dealing with patrons who have been drinking prior to their going out may cause problems for your establishment.

At Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC we are happy to help get patrons home safe however remember to set your own limits on the amount of alcohol permitted to be sold to patrons this may be for each order don’t forget that servers/bartenders are permitted to provide free non-alcoholic beverages to those who state they are a Designated Driver or “Designated Driver Service”. If an incident occurs at any time with your intoxicated patrons you should have an incident reporting system, statements, and video surveillance most designated driver services in the lower mainland want to help get intoxicated patrons out of your establishment and home safe but most do not have any systems in place like “Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC” we have an incident reporting system in place and dash camera’s.Ensure that the managers in your organization train their employees on transportation options, including: What best fits the needs of the patron for transportation alternatives offered, such as a Taxi, Designated Driver, family member or friend? Always make mental note on transportation options you offered to your intoxicated patron.

When we choose to work in the industry where liquor is being served we have a responsibility to develop and implement clear and effective policies and procedures with effective management supervision and consistently training staff on policies and procedures and industry standards for both servers and designated driver services that hold a valid business license.

“Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC” want the industry big wigs to know if you refer a designated driver service your responsibility does not end; you must insure for the patrons safety and security you are referring him/her to a licensed established Designated Driver service that follows industry standards and fair pricing otherwise the legalities could also fall upon the establishment. As an establishment when you call ‘Sober Girls Designated Driver Vancouver BC” you are guaranteeing the patron is getting home safely and even if we do not have vacancies we will 100% of the time refer you to a licensed established “Designated Driver” colleague service. Some companies are not following industry standards especially for pricing and charging customers by hourly which means your customer may be on the hook for a $75 bill when they only live two blocks away. “Sober Girls Designated Drivers Vancouver BC” believes in industry standard when working with intoxicated patrons and we mirror the core values establishments that serves responsibility display.

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