Showing ’em the way to go home

2010-10-30 00:00

TWO Pietermaritzburg businessmen have launched initiatives to curb fatalities on the roads by providing a service that will enable motorists who drink too much to get home safely after a heavy night out.

Colin Dodd of Dodd Sprinters and Paul Theron, owner of Tequila Towlines, are mobilising the support of other businesses for their initiatives.

Dodd calls his service HomeSafe, and said, “Having experienced a similar situation after a friend of mine was caught for drunk driving, I thought it best to turn a negative into a positive by ensuring that we have a service that will provide safety for both the car and its owner.”

Motorists who need access to the service can call him at 083 225 6441 or e-mail their details to

“It is free to join and there are no hassles. We will e-mail you back the terms and conditions of how we operate and there are no monthly instalments; you only pay for the service on the day.”

Dodd said he has the support of Butcher Boys, Frankie Bananaz, Keg & Hedgehog and the Woollam Compendium Insurance.

The areas covered by HomeSafe are Muswell Hills, Oak Park, Montrose, Chase Valley, Prestbury, Cleland, Bellevue, Lincoln Meade, Pelham and Hayfields. The areas will be covered for R100, payable whenever the service is rendered. Different rates will apply for other areas .

Theron’s service is called Tequila Driver on Call.

“Being in the towing business I have seen a lot of accidents on the road mainly caused by drunk driving … so that is when I thought of this idea,” said Theron.

“We cover Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas at R250; it can be people from the township or those living in the suburbs.”

Theron can be reached at 074 102 8355 or

Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said that if these initiatives do not break the law they are more than welcome. “And if they are going to assist the department minimise and curb incidents of drunk driving, we welcome them.”

Caro Smit of South Africans Against Drunk Driving said she is thrilled to hear of the services.

She also thanked the management of Crowded House for their continued service to ferry drinking patrons home from their club.


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