Let's admit it: Filipinos love their beer and many Filipino motorists drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol almost on a regular basis, no thanks to the absence of a concrete law on drunk-driving. While DUI is a very serious criminal offense in other countries--and one that is passionately frowned upon by everyone--it seems to be treated flippantly here in the Philippines. Many of us continue to think we are more than capable of carrying our alcohol onto the road.
And even if you yourself never drive intoxicated, there's still no guarantee you won't figure in an accident on a Friday night because there are still moronic drivers out there who get behind the wheel after a long drinking session. Perhaps these moronic drivers do not really want to drive drunk, but they're forced to because it's really a hassle to leave the car at the watering hole's parking lot. So they take the risk.
This month--the one month when people around the world feel most in the mood to drink because somebody in Germany started this feast called "Oktoberfest"--it's good to know that there is now a wise alternative to driving drunk or leaving the car behind.
Lifeline Ambulance Rescue, which claims to be "the first and only dedicated emergency quick-response provider" in the country, now offers its "Driver on Call" service to intoxicated drivers who are too wasted to safely operate their vehicle. Currently offered within Metro Manila only, the service is very simple: You're way too drunk to drive, you dial 16-911 (or 0917 521-6911), and Lifeline dispatches its driver to your location to drive you and your car home. The liveried Chevrolet Spark you see above, by the way, is Lifeline's official quick-response car, so expect to see it arriving with two drivers after you call for assistance.
The catch? Nothing much. You only have to pay P500 for the service, regardless of your location and your home address (again, just as long as it's in Metro Manila). Small price to pay, if you ask us, compared to the damages (and injuries) that could result from your insistence to drive drunk.
This service is not just for the month of October. We think it's still an experimental advocacy by Lifeline at the moment, but we really hope it's here to stay for the benefit of drunk-driving motorists everywhere. Try the service this weekend if you do find yourself needing it.