The City of Sainte-Thérèse and the Groupement des Entreprises de Sainte-Thérèse (GEST) of the Thérèse-De Blainville Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCITB) are reminding customers of the Village’s bars and restaurants of the availability of Responsible Driving stickers whose impaired faculties would make driving a vehicle illegal and dangerous.
Introduced in 2019, these temporary single-use stickers allow motorists who cannot drive their vehicle due to impaired faculties to leave it in one of the municipal parking spaces bounded by Turgeon, Dubois, Saint-Joseph and Blainville West streets. Placed in plain view on the dashboard, the Responsible Driving sticker authorizes the vehicle to be parked in a restricted space during the night and during the day until 6 p.m., on the date indicated on the sticker, without being exposed to the issuance of a ticket.
For her part, Marie-Chantale Desjardins, president of the GEST and owner of the Prohibition Beer Bar, emphasizes the responsibility of customers: “If they are planning a festive evening with us, most of our customers have a designated driver or do not take their car. I am impressed by their awareness. The sticker is mainly offered when a customer had not planned to consume beyond the legal limit for driving,” says the instigator of the project. “Nearly 200 stickers have been issued over the past three years. So that’s the same number of people that we may have prevented from driving while impaired. I am very proud that the City of Sainte-Thérèse and the establishments of the Village can offer this responsible alternative,” she said.
“With the latest easing of sanitary measures, many customers are starting to visit the bars and restaurants of Sainte-Thérèse again. How nice to find life again and see the Village come alive! But it is important to remember that several options are available to you when you are unable to drive, and the responsible driving sticker is one of them. I would also like to highlight the collaboration with the GEST in this matter, which allows us to place the safety of citizens and visitors as a priority,” added the mayor of the City of Sainte-Thérèse, Mr. Christian Charron.
The sticker is available at participating establishments in the Village:
Brasserie Artisanale Le Saint-Graal, Hôtel Blainville, Cha Cha, Maison François, Restaurant Campagna, Deux, Prohibition Bar à bières, Arousse, Le Monte Cristo, L’Atelier Sushi, Le Cabaret BMO Sainte-Thérèse, Arousse, L’Atelier Sushi and Le Cabaret BMO Sainte-Thérèse