Safe Ride Home and Liquor Liability

Cheers’ Safe-Ride-Home® provides peace of mind through convenience, ease, effectiveness, safety and responsibility.

Did you know that the wedding couple, the corporation/business, the host(s) along with licensees, managers, venue owners and servers are all legally responsible to take reasonable steps to prevent guests from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs? There is a responsibility to ensure that all attending guests, at a wedding, party or event, arrive safely to a place to ‘sober up.’

It’s called Duty of Care. It’s part of BC’s Liquor Control and Licensing Act and Occupiers Liability Act.

That’s right. It’s the LAW. 

Cheers’ began the Safe-Ride-Home® program, in 2016, to increase the safety to all residents and visitors in Kelowna late at night. Cheers wanted to offer an alternative to people waiting all night hoping to get a cab, to avoid an unsafe long walk home and most importantly to satisfy the legal liability and responsibility, known as “Duty of Care.”

This business has bloomed into more than just $10 rides from the downtown bars and restaurants. It’s become pre-booked transportation for hundreds of events in Kelowna and all over the Okanagan.

Cheers helps wedding couples, corporations and individuals along with licensees, managers, venue owners and servers confidently know how the event or establishment attendees are getting safely from the reception or event to their accommodations.

Dignitaries, wedding guests, employees, etc. feel welcomed and appreciated by way of the event sponsor’s care and attention to their safety and convenience.

Cheers’ Safe-Ride-Home® ensures everyone departs safely and on-time. (Guests can avoid travelling alone, and street harassment that is on the rise in Kelowna’s downtown.) Organizers and venue owners can go home and not stress about intoxicated guests driving, or any potential lawsuits.

Cheers’ Safe-Ride-Home® has a fixed cost,  up front so the host won’t be gambling on accumulated taxi fares, whatever those may add up to at the end of the month. We help you budget.

Liquor Liability

Anyone involved in the serving of alcohol could be held liable for damages or injuries that occurred when alcohol is deemed to have been a contributing factor in the incident.​

The party hosts and organization’s may be held responsible for the actions of others if people are served past the point of intoxication while attending a special event. Speak with your insurance representative before you host an event where alcohol will be served to confirm that your organization is properly covered for liability exposure.

Legal Liability

Organizations are responsible for patrons when alcohol is served. Forms of liquor liability include:

  • Liability as a server. Servers are responsible if they serve alcoholic beverages to people past the point of intoxication.
  • Liability as an occupier. People, companies or any other organization that own, have possession of or have responsibility for premises are responsible, in certain circumstances, for protecting persons on their premises from preventable harm.
  • Liability as an employer. An employer may in certain circumstances be responsible for the care of employees who over consumed alcohol at an event, such as a staff party.
  • Liability as a sponsor of potentially dangerous activities. Risks from such activities increase when alcohol is served.
  • Use of excessive force. Security personnel cannot use unnecessary or excessive force to manage intoxicated patrons.​

Source: Compiled with Canadian Risk Intervention Inc.

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Safe Ride Home Reviews

* TripAdvisor® Review July 29, 2018

Safe Ride Home “After having dinner out with friends we were unable to get a taxi despite waiting for over an hour! Decided to walk home which would have been a long one in heels (6kms) AND likely a tad unsafe. (1:00 am) However after witnessing us trying yet again to hail a passing cab, Allen who was driving some young kids home from a music festival, opened the door to his coach and kindly offered us a ride! What a nice guy!! We were able to get driven right to our door for less than a taxi would have been and in the comfort of his clean air-conditioned coach! I took his card and we will be sure to use his services when we can for a wine tour/party or event, or as a shuttle! Thank you, Allen for taking the time to help us out! You have new customers for sure!” Gayle F. Kelowna, BC

* TripAdvisor® Review January 1, 2018

Great, Convenient Service. “I have used this service successfully many times – beats a taxi any day. The shuttle works out to be cheaper, more comfortable and more convenient than a taxi. Furthermore, Allen and his staff are all friendly and knowledgeable people who are willing to accommodate personal requests. The shuttle boasts great prices and goes on until 4AM! I highly recommend this service!” Adam H. Kelowna, BC

Every year in Canada, hundreds of people are killed and tens of thousands are injured in impaired driving crashes, affecting not only those in the crashes but all their families and friends as well. While we can put a number on the financial and social costs of impaired driving, it is impossible to quantify the loss and grief caused by this violent crime.