Chautauqua County announces Designated Driver program

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace, the STOP-DWI Advisory Board of Chautauqua County and Balkan Beverage are pleased to announced a new program to offer a safe alternative to driving while intoxicated. The Chautauqua County Designated Driver Program will help beverage establishments recognize and promote patrons who choose to stay sober and drive their friends home safely.

Establishments will use special wristbands to identify designated drivers. When customers pledge to be designated drivers, participating bars, restaurants and clubs pledge to offer designated drivers complimentary sodas or other reduced price non-alcoholic beverages. Beverage purveyors know responsible drinking is good for business and good for the community.

The complimentary designated driver kits are available from Chautauqua County STOP-DWI. The kit includes posters, designated driver wristbands, call-a-cab cards and program instructions. Businesses can select promotional posters from four different designs. To order a kit or to get more information, call 743-4922 or email

“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” said Gerace. “If you choose to drink, don’t drive. Drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the highway with them.”