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Local bar joins efforts to curb drunken driving

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The California Office of Traffic Safety is working to keep our roads safe this holiday season.

The second annual anti-drunken driving campaign hit town Friday night and some local bars are doing their part to help out.

Shot glasses galore are waiting for people outside the Air Conditioned Lounge in North Park but these aren't just any cocktails.

Sunshine Vejas has prepared pitchers full of her favorite alcohol-free drink as part of a statewide holiday crackdown on drunk driving.

The popular North Park bar is one of 100 partners with the state Office of Traffic Safety in the Designated Sober Driver VIP program launched this month.

"It's a way to contribute to your community and the people that you care about," said Vejas.

Representatives with the state agency set up a red carpet and a photo op for all the designated drivers who are ensuring their friends find a safe ride home.

Getting behind the wheel was dangerous for California drivers last year. Drunk drivers claimed the lives of 802 people in the state, according to government statistics.

In addition to DUI checkpoints the OTS and local law enforcement are sponsoring this awareness campaign in hopes of empowering designated drivers.

Anyone walking into the Air Conditioned Lounge will see the PSA and the statistics as well, and that's what organizers say could save lives.

The Office of Traffic Safety is also holding similar events in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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