PA is 5th state to join designated driver campaign

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 28, 2013 6:22 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The holiday season often brings temptations, but the state is pushing a program designed to get everyone home safely.

The State Police, Liquor Control Board, and PennDOT are joining together for the HERO campaign.

It encourages people to designate a sober driver before going out to drink.

State trooper Adam Reed says the family of John Elliott started the program after a 2000 collision with a drunk driver killed him, just two months after graduating from the U-S Naval Academy.


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"He turned that grief into a very positive thing, and he started this campaign all around, mainly around the Northeast states, to remind people to designate a driver."

Pennsylvania is the fifth state to join the program, which is in place in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and other states.

The Philadelphia Phillies are already supporters of the HERO campaign.

Red Robin restaurants will offer free soft drinks to designated drivers as part of the campaign.

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