VANCOUVER, B.C. — As the end of the year and one of the biggest party nights of the year fast approaches, ICBC has shared some of their best designated driver stories, gathered from a survey.
There stories involve partiers mistaking the car, even an RCMP vehicle, for a cab.
“My wife’s 20-year reunion. Some of the occupants thought they were in a taxi and tried to pay me.”
“Many years ago in Prince George I was [doing a ridealong with the] RCMP. We were parked outside a bar. A person came out of the bar, opened the rear passenger door and sat down. Believing they were in a taxi, they gave their address. The officer noticed the address was close so he drove him home. When he tried to pay, the officer gave them his business card and said, “Tonight’s ride is on us – thanks for calling a cab.” I guess in this case the RCMP was the designated driver and I have no doubt the next day many questions about the trip home must have been going through the passenger’s mind when he saw the police card.”
Also received were the tales of people taking their driver to the wrong place.
“I was driving someone home and he was giving me directions. When we arrived, he got out and was met at the door by a woman who refused to let him in. Turns out, they had been divorced for two months and in his drunken condition, he forgot he no longer lived there.”
“I delivered an intoxicated friend to an address he gave me only to find out the next day that he didn’t live there. The residents looked after him and I drove him to his actual home the next day.”
Some were about the sweet rides you can take while being the designated driver.
“I was designated driver for my brother-in-law in Belgium this summer. I got to drive his Mercedes CLS 320. If only I had more friends with high-end or exotic cars. Anyone with a Porsche Turbo need a driver?”
“I was the designated driver for 12 ladies celebrating a birthday. I rented a van and drove them to several bars. I was surrounded by all these beautiful women and they would only dance with me… I never had a better night in all of my single life.”
And finally, who doesn’t enjoy a good sing-a-long?
“Listening to my friends sing ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ over and over again.”
ICBC says, “Designated drivers play an important role,” and they are sharing these stories to encourage everyone to take their turn as the designated driver over the holidays.
On New Year’s Eve, ICBC says about 10 people are injured in the Northern Central area of B.C. each year in 50 crashes. For the entire province, an average of two people are killed each year on Dec. 31, with 200 injured in more than 600 crashes each year.