Taste of Yaletown offer Taxi vouchers


People sampling the wine pairings during Taste of Yaletown next week will get a boost towards a safe ride home.

In light of the province’s new penalties against drinking and driving, the Yaletown Business Improvement Association announced it has donated $10,000 in taxi vouchers for all event participants.

“This initiative is being launched by the YBIA to encourage diners to enjoy all of Taste of Yaletown’s offerings including the cocktail, beer and wine pairings, and have the peace of mind they can get home safely in a taxi,” said event spokeswoman Nicole Hall.

In the annual event, where the public is invited to dine at various Yaletown eateries at a discount, each restaurant will get a certain amount of vouchers to hand out to visitors who stop by.

“The YBIA has acknowledged and anticipated that the new laws may impact the flow of business for the neighbourhood’s restaurants and is using the Taste of Yaletown event as a platform to support them,” Hall said.

Under B.C.’s new penalties, which came into effect Sept. 20, a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher will net a driver an automatic 90-day driving ban and a 30-day impound on their car, while a level between 0.05 and 0.08 gets a three-day driving ban.

In the first week alone, nearly 275 motorists were written up under the new rules, according to provincial numbers.

The Taste of Yaletown runs from Oct. 13 to 31.



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