As holiday celebrations draw near, the concerns over drinking and driving mount.
The HomeJames program is an effective tool in the effort to discourage people from driving after possibly having had too much to drink, and the local car dealers are up front in their support of the program.
Home James is a service that consists of teams of three offering offers a free designated driver to get people and their vehicles home safely.
The service is delivered by teams of three; one person drives the dealer shuttle vehicle, another drives the client’s vehicle and the third person is a navigator. It’s also possible to pre-register for a ride, although the client has to call and confirm when they are ready to be picked up.
People needing a ride can call 905-951-9000.
The local car dealers are supplying the shuttle vehicles and many local business supporters have made the program successful with their sponsorships.
Stan Janes, president of the local HomeJames chapter, said this is a big benefit for the program, especially in terms of gas for the cars and support for the volunteers.
“It’s not been a financial issue because the dealers have been there,” he remarked.
And the dealers are enthused to be part of the program.
“I think it’s a great thing for the community,” commented Roy Bateni, General Manager at Caledon Chrysler. “It’s great. It’s safe driving.”
“I think it’s an absolutely incredible cause, especially this time of year,” Bolton Hyundai General Sales Manager Steve Fogliato declared. “I think these guys do a bang-up job.”
Debi Thomas, team leader at Bolton Kia, said she has been one of the volunteers with the service.
I just think it’s a worthy program,” she remarked, adding dealership owner Paul Coffey and General Manager Peter Dann agree.
“They love the program,” she said. “They think it’s a great service.”
Bolton Honda has been supporting the program since its inception.
“One of our mottos is ‘Supporting our community,’” observed Assistant Sales Manager Vince Lobello, who added this is a great way to do just that.
Fines Ford Lincoln is another dealership that has been a supporter of the program since it started.
“It’s a great opportunity to use an asset that we have, which is a vehicle, to support a community sponsored event that helps people stay out of trouble,” observed Bob Fines.
Sid Anidjar, general manager at Bolton Toyota, said they have been supporters from the start too.
“Obviously, it’s stopping people from driving under the influence,” he said. “It’s getting people home safe.”
“We have been involved with the Home James Program since the beginning,” said Craig Watson, general manager of Bolton GM. “It is a tremendous program lead by a great community-friendly team of volunteers.”
Bolton Nissan is also a supporter of the program. “I think one of the most important reasons is because of the nature of the campaign,” commented General Sales Manager Navi Singh. “It’s a great campaign. These folks are working voluntarily to make the roads safe.”
“It’s not an option to drink and drive after you’ve had your fun,” he observed, adding saving one life or preventing one incident makes it all worth while.
Home James is not only for people who have been drinking. We urge anyone who feels unfit to drive due to fatigue, health, or any impairment to call HomeJames for a safe drive home.
Written by Bill Rea