Safe and Sober Program

We are entering our 9th year as the main corporate sponsor of Designated Drivers. Our Safe and Sober Free Ride Home Program on New Year’s provides the community with safe rides home with their cars. While those who utilize the services of Designated Drivers of Buffalo and Designated Drivers of Rochester typically pay for this service, William Mattar is picking up the entire tab after the ball drops on New Year’s.

With the tremendous response to this program last year for New Year’s Eve, the public should be aware that there could be wait times during certain points of the evening.  Designated Drivers will do their best to provide as many rides as possible.

Rides are available this year in Buffalo on New Year’s Eve night from midnight to 4 a.m., for rides originating in the city of Buffalo to a drop-off distance of 20 miles (within the United States), by calling Designated Drivers of Buffalo at (716)202-2222. Rides are also available in Rochester on New Year’s Eve night from midnight to 2:30 a.m., for rides originating in the city of Rochester to a drop-off distance of 20 miles, by calling Designated Drivers of Rochester at (585) 880-0380.  (Rides are provided to an individual’s residence only and are made available to those who might otherwise attempt to drive home after drinking.)

With our Safe Ride Home Program, William Mattar Law Offices wants to help prevent drunk driving. This program not only educates people on alternatives to drinking and driving, it also gives tips on dealing with social situations that may lead to drinking and driving.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Designated Drivers of Buffalo/Rochester?
    • It’s a service that offers a safe alternative to drinking and driving.
    • Two uniformed drivers will drive both you and your car home.
    • Individual, family, and corporate memberships are available.
  2. How can I find a safe ride home?
    • Call Designated Drivers of Buffalo at (716) 202-2222.
    • Call Designated Drivers of Rochester at (585) 880-0380.
    • Call a taxi or use another form of public transportation, such as the bus or subway.
    • Find a sober driver who can drive people who have been drinking.
  3. How can I prevent drinking and driving?
    • Your actions speak louder than words. Set an example for your friends, family, and peers by never drinking and driving.
    • Encourage your friends to set a good example.
    • Report drunk drivers to the police, including a description of the car and its location. Indications of drunk driving may include dangerous passing, slow or fast driving, weaving, driving with headlights off, and tailgating.
    • If you notice someone who is intoxicated, take his or her car keys or make sure the person has a safe way to get home.
  4. How do I convince someone not to drink and drive?
    • If you know the person well, try speaking to him or her in private and offer to help him or her find a safe way home.
    • Take the car keys from the person attempting to drive and suggest finding alternate transportation home.
    • If someone who is drinking tries to drive you home, insist on driving yourself if you have had nothing to drink or find another ride home for the driver and yourself.
  5. How can I be a responsible party host?
    • When hosting a party, provide nonalcoholic beverages.
    • Serve plenty of food and coffee so guests don’t feel the need to drink alcohol.
    • If you do opt to serve alcoholic beverages, be sure to have a responsible bartender.
    • If you notice someone is intoxicated, take his or her car keys to prevent drunk driving.
    • Talk about the dangerous and serious consequences of drinking and driving.
  6. How can I be responsible if I am the guest at a party?
    • Always plan ahead to have a designated driver if alcohol is being served.
    • Volunteer to be the designated driver and don’t drink any alcoholic beverages.
    • Take turns being a designated driver and have more than one sober driver for a big group.
    • Do not encourage or participate in drinking games.
    • Never endorse excessive alcohol consumption.