PUBS and clubs in Huddersfield are trying to make the roads safer this Christmas.
They are offering free soft drinks to drivers to deter them from drinking and driving.
The move has been welcomed by national road safety campaign group, Brake, which is based in Huddersfield, and is concern- ed about carnage on the roads caused by alcohol.
O'Neills, which has a pub in Queensgate, is offering free soft drinks all night to people who choose to drive while out with a party of friends.
Manager Richard Seaman said the designated driver needed to contact the bar staff to take advantage of the offer.
"There is no excuse to drink and drive over Christmas this year," he said.
A similar scheme is being launched by the bosses of the Heaven and Hell nightclub in New Street.
They are determined to promote safe driving and want designated drivers in any group to take advantage.
General manager Jim Barrell said: "All they have to do is show us their car keys and leave a refundable deposit of £5 to obtain a drivers' card which entitles them to free draught soft drinks.
"We also plan to run a special bus to persuade people to leave their cars at home.
"It will operate for parties who join us on December 23. We will arrange to pick them up and bring them to the club."
A spokesman for Brake said: "We welcome any initiatives which dissuade people from getting behind the wheel of a car when they have had a drink."
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