SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – August 31, 2012 — Motorists celebrating the Labor Day weekend may want to consider chugging back a couple of refreshing mixed drinks such as the Innocent Passion, a Cucumber NoJito or a Virgin Mule before hitting the road.
In fact, this type of drinking and driving is encouraged by the California Office of Traffic Safety. On the OTS’s Facebook page there is a list of non-alcoholic drink recipes featured each month under the heading: the DDrink Mixology Center. http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS/app_204709949657291
Some of California’s finest bartenders created the list of a dozen virgin drinks designed to keep designated drivers happy and stylish while their friends drink without the need to get behind the wheel.
One local Southern California bartender Ferris Wehbe of Next Door Lounge in Hollywood created the Prohibition drink featured as June’s mocktail. Ingredients are 2 oz watermelon, 1 oz lemon, ¼ oz raspberry gum syrup, two basil leaves, Bunderberg ginger ale and ice.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there were 147 people killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide on Labor Day weekend in 2010, roughly 36 percent of all highway fatalities. Also, every year some 11,000 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
So this Labor Day weekend designated drivers in Southern California can have one of these drinks for free courtesy of The Seegmiller Law Firm in Irvine. Attorney West Seegmiller, a personal injury lawyer for 31 years and host of the West of Legal talk radio show on KFWB News Talk 980, wants to encourage those celebrating Labor Day weekend to designate a driver by reimbursing them for a drink as an incentive for motorists to drive safely.
“We are hoping to encourage drivers to join in the fun of drinking without the risk of driving drunk,” Seegmiller said. “Many of my clients are victims of drunk drivers and I wouldn’t want one of my five grown children sharing the road with someone under the influence of alcohol this weekend.”
Designated Drivers may mail their receipt (up to $10) from a Southern California bar or restaurant for reimbursement of one of the listed mocktails featured on the OTS’s Facebook page to The Seegmiller Law Firm, 1920 Main Street, suite 840, Irvine, California 92614.
Please include your name, a return address and email and a dated receipt listing the cocktail consumed on Labor Day weekend beginning on Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3. The promotion is limited to Southern California and the first 500 receipts received. Also, the equests must be postmarked by Sept. 16 to qualify.