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Ten restaurants in Vietnam's Da Nang offer free ‘taking drunkards home’ service

Ten restaurants in Vietnam's Da Nang offer free ‘taking drunkards home’ service

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 13:10 GMT+7

Ten restaurants in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Wednesday began offering their guests a special service in which they are taken home in a taxi free of charge if they get drunk. This “taking drunkards home” service is part of the pilot program “Restaurants Act for Traffic Safety – Drivers Act with Civilization and Responsibility” for the 2015-18 period in the city. The program is jointly run by the National Committee on Traffic Safety and GrabTaxi Vietnam Co. in an effort to lower the number of traffic accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol. As shown on its website, GrabTaxi is an automated location-based smartphone booking and dispatch platform for the taxi industry in Southeast Asia. The first phase of the program will last for one year, from July this year to July 2016. Besides giving drunks free taxi trips home by using the GrabTaxi app, these restaurants will also keep their vehicles, as well as their other property, overnight so they can return to get them when they become sober again. Under the program, these restaurants must advise their guests not to drive any vehicle under the influence. After Da Nang, this “taking drunkards home” service will be piloted in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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