Too tipsy to drive? There's a service for that

Posted at 11/28/12 5:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines – For those who are too drunk, too sleepy or too sick to get behind the steering wheel, P500 may spell the difference between life and death.

This is the amount required to avail of Lifeline Rescue’s “Drivers On Call” service, where motorists can get professional drivers to make the ride home safer.

Motoring journalist James Deakin, spokesperson for the new service, said Drivers On Call is particularly useful this holiday season, a time when most people get drunk during Christmas parties.

All one has to do is call any of these numbers: (02) 16-911, (02) 839-2520 to 30, (0917) 541-6911 or (0917) 521-6911.

“Lifeline is very discreet. They’re not going to ask you if you’re drunk or anything,” assured Deakin in an interview on “@ANCALERTS” on Wednesday. “You could have high blood pressure. You could’ve reacted to medication. You could just be shocked that Pacquiao lost. I mean, whatever the situation, we’re going to take care of that for you.”

“We’ll drive you home in your car. You are in your car, we want to make that clear. You’re not going to be in a Lifeline ambulance. It’s your car and you’re getting home safely. It’s 24/7, no questions asked,” he added.

Here’s how the Drivers On Call service works: after calling the hotline numbers, two drivers will go to the location of the person who needs to be taken home. One will use the person’s car, while the other will be in a vehicle right behind them, ensuring the customer’s safety.

Deakin said they are hoping to get more male customers to try the service as they tend to get drunk more often.

“We want to break that psychological barrier of men so they can get enough confidence to pick up that phone, to get enough courage to say ‘can you take me home?’ There’s no shame in it,” he said.

“I tried it myself, in front of some of the most macho friends I have, my hardcore drinking buddies. And these guys are really the perfect audience for this,” he added. “If we can get more and more people to do that, then hopefully we can save a few more lives. And that’s what this all comes down to.”

While he admits it is not a lucrative business, Deakin said what matters is that less people get into accidents on the road.

“If you start charging more than P500, it becomes a deterrent,” he said. “We want people to use this, and the only way to make people use this is to make it accessible to everyone.”