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California is Pushing a New App for Designated Drivers

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you want to go out for some fun, and enjoy a few drinks with friends, you probably know that you should have a designated driver to make sure you get home safely. After all, a DUI conviction can mean serious fines, higher insurance rates, and even DUI school and counseling sessions. But sometimes it may be hard to find a designated driver. California is pushing a new app for designated drivers, that hopes to sweeten the pot for the sometimes thankless job.

Acting as the designated driver may not seem like the most glamorous role to take on during an evening out. Your friends may get drunk, and when it's time to leave, they may be tough to corral, fight to stay out, or in some cases, get sick in your car. In college, your designated driver may be a friend who hadn't yet turned 21, so he could drive you around. When you get older, you may turn to a teetotaler co-worker to act as your driver.

However, when a designated driver is out with friends at a local bar, there may not be much for them to do but sip on endless sodas. Now, a mobile app developed in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is used to offer designated drivers a little something extra. DDVIP features exclusive offers and discounts to sober designated drivers at wide variety of bars and restaurants across the state.

DDVIP is a bar finder for designated drivers. According to its description on iTunes, “Whether you volunteered or pulled the short straw, being a designated driver has it's perks! Introducing the DDVIP App, featuring exclusive offers and discounts to sober DDs at bars and restaurants throughout California.”

The mobile app is also available at the Google Play Store for Android devices. Some of the features include “Map & Search” to find participating bars and restaurants; “Redeem Offers” for deals exclusively for the designated driver; “Social” to see what other DDVIP users are up to; and “Find A Ride” for when a designated driver is no longer a designated sober driver, to get a rideshare service ride home.

In conjunction with the recent Labor Day DUI enforcement campaign, the OTS is pushing for use of the free mobile app, and continually adding new bars and restaurants that offer deals. The app was first launched in time for the December DUI crackdown. Offers include things like free nonalcoholic specialty drinks or even free appetizers.

If you or someone you know is arrested on suspicion of a DUI, the arrest does not have to end in a criminal conviction. At the Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending people charged with driving under the influence in the East Bay. With more than 30 years of DUI experience, she understands the possible penalties involved. You do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested. Contact a local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands local DUI laws, and will make sure you get the justice you deserve.

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Lynn Gorelick

Lynn Gorelick has been an attorney for 30 years. She is the Attorney Lynn Gorelick is the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association and a Faculty and Sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense.

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