Douglas County reaches out to Lake Tahoe servers with “Call for a Ride. Stay Alive” Campaign

STATELINE, Nev. – Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD) and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) took the first step in rolling out their campaign aimed at keeping drunk drivers off the roads by providing server intervention training to employees at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Lucky Beaver, Dotty’s, and Lake Tahoe AleWorX.

“The goal of the training was reaffirming businesses they have us for additional support, but also equip staff with intervention steps encouraging locals and visitors to utilize safe ride options and to plan ahead,” said DCSO Sheriff Dan Coverley. “We anticipate there will still be crowds this holiday season and we want to encourage everyone to have a good time but act responsibly.”

During the 30-minute training, the Sheriff and Undersheriff Ron Elges outlined:

How to recognize signs in patrons of too much alcohol to drive
Effective ways to intervene to prevent potential problems
How to handle intoxicated patrons with greater confidence
Assisting patrons with safe transportation alternatives

“You can’t take back the choice to drive intoxicated,” said TDFPD Fire Marshal Eric Guevin. “Choosing a safe ride alternative gets you and others home safe and it takes everyone in the basin being aware of these alternatives and taking action.”

“We are open, and we are ready for the holiday season and this type of proactive anti-DUI program only enforces the importance and connection between us and the
Douglas County Sheriffs office,” said Eric Barbaro, Vice President Marketing Hard Rock Casino Lake Tahoe. We appreciate the time of Sheriff Coverly and Undersheriff Elges and their commitment to safety. Bring on the new year!”

The Call for a Ride, Stay Alive campaign will run throughout the holiday season into the spring. If you own a business and would like to setup a training for you and your staff contact Dreu Murin at [email protected]

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