Pub Puts Sobriety at the Wheel

A midtown restaurant is taking service all the way to customers’ front doors. Saints Pub is in the people delivery business.

Many have been there before – past the legal limit on drinks, faced with getting home.

Saints Pub's GM Becca Stout says: don't worry about driving home - we'll give you a ride.

She said, “Our job doesn't end as soon as our customer tabs out by any means and so we really like to take the extra step."

That extra step is a new free shuttle. It runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. picking people up or taking people home within a five mile radius.

Stout said, "It lessens our altercations and it lessens any arguments about how they're getting home and having to call any extra security. And so it's definitely good for us too."

It's good for other drivers on the road as well. Omaha attorney Darren Pekny said a third of his cases are DUIs.

“The majority of people think that they are not over the limit or that they are okay to drive and they just hop in and go," he said.

Whether you use a free service like at Saints Pub or end up having to use a car service, the cost of just hopping into a cab is far less than the cost of a DUI.

Pekny said, “A DUI can range anywhere from $600 to six or $10,000," he said.

It costs some their lives. There were 72 alcohol-related fatalities in Nebraska last year. That’s a sobering fact for Saints Pub's customers making a ride on the shuttle a responsible choice.

Shuttle service rider Brandee Soles said, "If you have the free service to take you home, why not?"

The service is free but Saints asks that customers tip the driver. The shuttle is in a trial period right now. If they get a consistent number of customers each weekend they'll keep it in place.


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