Risk management and alcohol responsibility: Getting guests home safely

Keys to UsRisk management and alcohol responsibility has been around since 1996, and I just discovered it! What took me so long?

Here’s the deal: You are pretty sure you will have too much alcohol when you head out for the evening. Give them a call, a time, a location, and they will pick you up. Not only that, they drive you home in your car. There is a Keys to Us car following so that the driver of your car can get back to their location or next call.

My husband and I used the service when we attended his staff party in a restaurant. We let the wine and conversation flow. Our team called about 15 minutes before pickup and then when they were in front of the restaurant. Courteous, humorous and no judging. They drove us right to our condo! Our fee from a Markham restaurant to The Distillery was $60. (For those that don’t know Toronto, it’s quite a distance.) We of course gave a great tip. The fee is based on kilometres.

We were home safely, no worries about being stopped and we had our car in our parking spot! When I talked with the driver (what I remember to be honest!), he said the reason so many will still take their cars home is because they don’t want to leave it overnight and have the hassle of getting up in the morning, getting to their car and likely having a parking ticket. Keys To Us takes care of that.

The service is not only for individuals but for groups as well. So, I’ve been in this business 30 years, and this is the first I’ve heard of them! What a great benefit to offer your guests at events you are planning. Add Keys to Us or similar service to your risk management around alcohol responsibility. Set it up ahead of time; let your guests know; ensure your staff knows; ensure the staff of the venue knows. No longer a need to worry – add Keys to Us to your plan!

So I did some research. There are a few services like this. My goodness, I really feel like I have never done my due diligence in this area, and I’m quite a stickler when it comes to alcohol management. Here’s links to similar services:


And so, I leave you at the start of 2015 wishing you had a safe and peaceful holiday season, and all the best for the New Year – safe drinking, safe driving!

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