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Free drinks for Lift Legends this Christmas

Devon and Cornwall Police’s Lift Legend campaign will return this December with almost 80 licensed premises set to offer free soft drinks to designated drivers over the festive period.

Drink and drug driving is one of the ‘fatal five’ causes of serious injuries and deaths on roads in South West England. Last winter, Devon & Cornwall Police arrested 952 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

In a bid to tackle drink and drug driving, Devon & Cornwall Police has announced the return of its popular drink drive campaign, Lift Legend; an initiative that looks to reward designated drivers with free drinks as a ‘thank you’ for getting their friends, colleagues and family members get home safely.

Lift Legend will run from Friday 1 December 2023 until Monday 1 January 2024. Drivers buying a soft drink in one of the participating venues will receive a voucher to get their second drink free of charge.

During the month-long operation, Devon & Cornwall Police will be using social media channels to raise awareness of the dangers involved with drink and drug driving, carrying out intelligence-led checks and engaging with motorists on the risks of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

Sergeant Owen Messenger, of the Road Casualty Reduction Team, said: “If you think you are safe to drive after drinking or taking drugs, think again. Even the slightest amount of alcohol or drugs in your system increases the risk of causing serious harm to yourself or other road users.

“Despite long-term reductions, drink and drug driving still accounts for 15 per cent of road deaths and almost 10,000 casualties nationally each year.

“Tackling drink and drug driving is a priority for Devon & Cornwall Police. Our officers will be out in force, rigorously targeting those who are a danger on our roads, day or night.

“This vital work is complimented by the Lift Legend initiative, which encourages those heading out to a Christmas party or festive night out to plan their journey home and nominate a Lift Legend.”

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is chair of the Vision Zero South West road safety partnership.

Commissioner Hernandez said: “Drink driving is unacceptable – it puts the driver, passengers and innocent members of the public at substantial risk.

“Those found guilty of this crime face losing their license and even going to prison, which could cost you your job and livelihood.

“This doesn’t just apply to people who are on a big night out, those driving the morning after a few drinks could also unexpectedly be over the limit and unfit to drive.

“Please, don’t risk it – take advantage of this offer and get free soft drinks for your designated driver. Let’s make sure everyone gets home safely this Christmas.”

If you suspect someone has been drinking or has taken drugs and is about to drive, please dial 999 and provide the make and model of the vehicle, registration number and direction of travel.

For more information visit:

Participating pubs:



The White Ball Inn, Tiverton, EX16 5LY


Fever, Barnstaple, EX32 8HQ
Golden Lion Tap, Barnstaple, EX32 8LS


The Seagate Hotel, Bideford, EX39 1QS
Bideford Conservative Club, Bideford, EX39 2QA
The Boathouse, Instow, EX39 4JJ
Anchor Inn, Bideford, EX39 6BD
The Beaver Inn, Appledore, EX39 1RY


The Courtyard by Marriott, Exeter, EX2 7NN
The Ship Inn, Exeter, EX1 1EY
Seven Stars Inn, Kennford, EX6 7TR

Newton Abbott:

Stover Golf Club, Newton Abbott, TQ12 6QQ
Welcome Stranger, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6JA


Hare and Hounds, Sidbury, EX10 0QQ


The Rock Garden, Torquay, TQ2 5ES


Mercure Paignton, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6BQ
Ibis Styles Hotel, Paignton, TQ4 6BQ
Marine Hotel, Paignton, TQ4 6AP
Molly’s, Paignton, TQ4 6DT
Cantina, Goodrington, TQ4 6BU


Things Happen Here, Dartington, TQ9 6JD


The Castle Inn, Holcombe, EX7 0LF
The Brass, Teignmouth, TQ14 8SR
Exeter Gin, Teignmouth, TQ14 8QN
Devon Arms, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DE
The Richard Newton Hall, Teignmouth, TQ14 8QP
Cockhaven Arms, Bishopsteignton, TQ14 9RF


Hedley Wood Holiday Park, Holsworthy, EX22 7ED


PRYZM, Plymouth, PL4 0LG
Strobe Night Club, Plymouth, PL1 2SR
Grosvenor Casino, Plymouth, PL12SW



The Weir Bistro, Whalesborough, EX23 0JD


The Rifle Volunteer,Gunnislake, PL18 9HL


Sam’s Fowey, Fowey, PL23 1AQ
Sam’s On The Beach, Par, PL24 2TL

St. Austell:

The Pitch Sports Bar, St Austell, PL26 8DT


The Well Parc Hotel, Trevone, PL28 8QN


The Earl of St Vincent, Wadebridge, PL27 6HT


The St Mabyn Inn & Restaurant, Bodmin, PL30 3BA


Bowood Park Hotel & Golf Club, Cornwall, PL32 9RF


Sam’s In The City, Truro, TR1 2AA
Devoran Village Hall, Truro, TR3 6PW
Dynamite Valley Brewery Ltd, Ponsanooth, TR3 7JW


The Perranporth Inn, Perranporth, TR6 0BJ


The Games Room, Falmouth, TR11 3AE
Pizza Jockeys, Falmouth, TR11 3DB
Halfway House, Falmouth, TR11 4AR
Highcliffe House, Falmouth, TR11 4AR
Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, TR11 4AR
Falmouth Bowling Club, Falmouth, TR11 4JZ
Falmouth Golf Club, Falmouth, TR11 5PR

St. Keverne:

Prince of Wales, St Martin, TR12 6DP
The Paris Hotel, Coverack, TR12 6SX
The New Inn, Manaccan, TR12 6HA
The Three Tuns, St Keverne, TR12 6NA
The White Hart, St Keverne, TR12 6ND
The Five Pilchards Inn, Porthallow, TR12 6PP


Mullion Golf Club, Helston, TR12 7BP
The Old Inn, Mullion, TR12 7HN


The Pavilion Bar, Ruan Minor, TR12 7JL
Ann’s Pasties, Lizard, TR12 7NJ
The Witchball, Lizard, TR12 7NJ
The Top House Inn, Lizard, TR12 7NQ


The Countryman, Piece, Carnkie, TR16 6SG


42 The Living Room, Helston, TR13 8EQ
The Atlantic Inn, Porthleven, TR13 9DZ
The Ship Inn, Porthleven, TR13 9JS
Lion and Lamb,  Ashton, TR13 9RW
Polurrian on the Lizard, Mullion, TR12 7EN

St. Just:

Commercial Hotel, St Just, TR19 7HE


The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, TR20 9NP
The Welloe, Praa Sands TR20 9TQ

St. Ives:

Rum and Crab Shack, St Ives, TR26 1LG


Duke of Leeds, Leedstown, TR27 6DB