Stand up, Stand Out; Show your Shield
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department, University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety, Budweiser of Columbia, the SC Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Greater Columbia Hotel & Motel Association, the Greater Columbia Restaurant Association and Lamar Advertising have joined forces to make our communities and roadways safer; across Richland County.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated that this partnership is designed to bring a visible reminder to everyone that law enforcement and the corporate community are working together to find innovative ways to improve the quality of life in the Midlands. The Sheriff stated that this new, simple program, asks people to stand up and make a difference, stand out from the crowd and to show your shield; show that you are committed to making a difference. Sheriff Leon Lott is asking citizens to be the designated driver when you go out; accept the bright yellow key chain from the Sheriff’s Department, USC Police and Budweiser of Columbia and in turn you will receive a free non-alcoholic drink from participating locations.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that this new program “Stand up, Stand Out; Show your Shield” is asking people to be the difference when preventing drinking and driving; to be the person who stands out from the rest. The Sheriff added that deputies will continue to work day in and day out to prevent driving under the influence and to put people in jail who disregard the warnings against DUI. For those who would cooperate and be the designated driver the Sheriff, University and Budweiser are providing the key chains as a small token of thanks for doing the right thing.
Mr. John Durst, President & CEO of the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association stated The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association is proud to support the collaborative effort of the “Stand Up, Stand Out, Show your Shield” designated driver program. Mr. Durst stated that their members in the Columbia area are committed to encouraging responsibility behind the wheel and that the program allows us to demonstrate our appreciation to the designated drivers who make the roadways safer.
Participants can take advantage of receiving a free non-alcoholic beverage when they are in a party of at least two people and show their keychain to their server.
The times participants can receive the non-alcoholic beverages free of charge are Monday- Friday evenings and all day during the weekends.
Any establishment wishing to join the list of participating establishments should contact Katie Williams Montgomery at SCRLA to sign up by calling 803-765-9000 or Katie@scrla.org
The participating locations, to date are:
- Thirsty Fellow
- Bird Dog
- Moe’s Grapevine
- Social Columbia
- Gervais and Vine
- Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar
- Group Therapy
- Breakers Bar and Grill
- Delaney’s Music Pub and Eatery
- The Saloon
- Wet Willies
- Yesterdays Restaurant and Tavern
- Blue Marlin
- Garibaldi Café
- Fatz Cafés in Richland County
- Clarion Hotel on Gervais Street
The University of South Carolina is proud to incorporate Stand Up Carolina as the messaging for this initiative. Stand Up Carolina increases awareness about bystander accountability and our (USC’s) role in preventing interpersonal violence on and off campus. Stand Up Carolina also aims to spread empowerment throughout USC’s campus by encouraging people to be responsible for their peers individually and collectively.
Jim Kirkham, President /CFO , Budweiser of Columbia said, “Designated Drivers are giving their friends and family an invaluable gift……safe travel on special occasions, after tailgating or enjoying a great band or a fine meal. Budweiser of Columbia is proud to support our hospitality industry and our fellow citizens. Sheriff Lott is absolutely right, this is a partnership that will work every time….so Stand Up, Stand Out and Show your Shield be a Designated Driver.”
Sheriff Leon Lott is proud of the partnerships formed in the community that continue to build unity and improve the quality of life for all citizens. The Sheriff concluded by asking everyone to “Stand Up, Stand Out; Show Your Shield”; not only when it comes to designating a driver but also to fighting all crime and to making our neighborhoods safer to work, live and play.
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