NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The NSA (Naval Support Activity) Safety staff has partnered with some local nightclubs to create a program designed to increase safety for service members in the Naples area.
The program offers free, nonalcoholic beverages and discounted or free admission to the club for designated drivers.
"We've been soliciting various nightclubs to participate in a designated driver program," NSA Safety Manager Albert Zadlo said. "It's common in the States to have partnerships with nightclubs, and even taxi companies participate in this program."
Zadlo said this kind of a program is uncommon in Italy.
In the past year, 12 NSA Sailors have received citations for drunk driving. Some of these alcohol-related incidents resulted in injuries.
Zadlo also said he hopes the designated driver program will eliminate DUIs by providing a safe ride alternative.
"This is just good sense," said Zaldo. "It keeps service members alive and fulfills risk management."
Two local clubs, Rico's and Millennium, have already signed up for the Designated Driver Program, and Zadlo hopes there will be more participants in the future.
According to Rico Tutino, owner of Rico's Club in Lago Patria, "As soon as I heard about the program, I was interested in taking part in it. Americans make up a big part of my business, and I've always gone out of my way to make sure they get home safely, even to the point of driving people home myself at the end of the night," Tutino said.
"I think it's great that the people at the base are looking out for their people, and I hope to see more clubs out here get involved," he added.
Nightclubs participating in the Designated Driver Program will have banners at the entrance to the club indicating their participation.
Additional information is available on the NSA Occupational Safety and Health Web page at www.nsa.naples.navy.mil/safety. Club owners and managers interested in participating can call DSN 626-4857 or COMM 081-568-4857.
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