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AAA RENEWS ITS DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM BY OFFERING FREE HOLIDAY HOSTING BOOKLET

              AAA RENEWS ITS DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM
              BY OFFERING FREE HOLIDAY HOSTING BOOKLET
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The AAA Carolina Motor Club is renewing its 6th Annual Designated Driver campaign this holiday season by offering a free copy of "First a friend, then a host" and a designated driver lapel sticker to anyone writing for them.
    The four-panel pamphlet contains a section on alcohol awareness and how to avoid serving guests more alcohol than they can handle at parties you may be planning.  The flyer also highlights recipes for 15 non-alcoholic drinks that may be served either in lieu of, or in addition to, mixed drinks.
    "The most exciting safety news this year," said Ralph Peters, president of the motor club, "is the increasing popularity of the designated driver concept that helps keep alcohol-impaired drivers off the road."
    He said that not too many years ago party guests often scoffed at anyone who said, "No thanks, I'm driving tonight."  "Today, all over the Carolinas, the person who stays sober -- now called a designated driver -- is socially accepted and respected," Peters added.
    The designated driver concept stipulates that one person in a group agrees not to drink alcohol or use other impairing drugs at a party or social event so they can drive their friends home safely.
    "Although the concept is simple, some people are afraid they will miss out on something if they volunteer to take a turn driving," Peters said.  "What they don't realize is that taking turns being the designated driver saves lives.  It is much better to miss out on a hangover once in a while than to lose a dear friend in an auto crash."
    The motor club has furnished free designated driver materials to all Carolina bars and restaurants requesting it since 1986.  The kit includes designated driver lapel stickers, table tent cards, advertisements, window decals, litter bags, and recipes for non-alcoholic "mocktails" and punches.
    Persons wishing to obtain a free copy of the party tips and recipes for non-alcoholic drinks should send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to "First a Friend...", AAA Carolina Motor Club, P.O. Box 30008, Charlotte, NC 28230.
    Business establishments should call the motor club's Public Affairs and Advertising Department at 704-377-3600 for further details about the club's designated driver program designed for bars and restaurants.
    The AAA Carolina Motor Club maintains 18 offices in the Carolinas to serve its more than 497,000 members.
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    /CONTACT:  Quentin Anderson or Carol Schmauch of AAA Carolina Motor Club, 704-377-3600 (days) or 704-542-9623 (nights)/ CO:  AAA Carolina Motor Club ST:  North Carolina IN: SU: BN-BR -- CH004 -- 5052 11/19/91 15:02 EST
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