Bar, car club to keep inebriated off road Drivers who have ended up drinking in Lan Kwai Fong or other entertainment areas will be able to get a free lift home from today if they have drunk too much. They can now call two hotlines - one provided by the Hong Kong Automobile Association, the other by the Beijing Club in Lan Kwai Fong. A driver will then be sent to take the caller home in their own car or to ferry them there in a van or minibus. In the case of the association, the drinker's car can be towed home while he is given a lift or takes a taxi. Beijing Club's service is confined to drinkers in Lan Kwai Fong, while the association covers the city. The moves come after a shocking accident last month in Lok Ma Chau in which a truck whose driver had allegedly been drinking hit a taxi, killing its driver and five passengers. The tragedy has sparked public discussion on whether the penalty for dangerous driving causing death, which now stands at a maximum of 10 years' jail, should be increased, possibly to life imprisonment. Suppliers of alcoholic beverages held a joint meeting on the issue of drink-driving a week ago and are considering ways to press the 'don't drink and drive' message on the public. Suggestions include printing the slogan on bottles. Automobile Association sales and marketing manager Eric Tai said the drive-home service would be run by six tow trucks, three vans and about a dozen drivers daily from 8pm to 2am. 'The team has been providing emergency rescue services for our 13,000 members,' he said. 'We are extending it to help tackle drink-driving behaviour ... we will review the service in time and decide if it needs a boost.' The Beijing Club in Lan Kwai Fong will use 10 drivers and a 16-seater van to get drinkers home safely. 'Not just our customers, but all bar hoppers in Lan Kwai Fong are welcome to give us a call,' the club's managing director, Rocky Wong Hei-yan, said. The Beijing Club hotline is 2526 8298 and the Automobile Association's is 3583 3628. Lan Kwai Fong Entertainment Group, the biggest operator of premises in the area, said it had no plan for a similar scheme, but its staff would remind drinkers not to drive. The new service comes as Legco prepares to debate penalties for drink-driving tomorrow. More than three-quarters of 795 people polled by the Democratic Party said first-time offenders should be disqualified from driving for at least one year, substantially more than the three-month minimum set by a law that came into force recently. More than 80 per cent of the respondents said drink-drivers should be jailed. More than two-thirds said the jail term for first-time offenders should be at least one month. Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat said he would urge the government to further tighten the legal alcohol limit allowed for drivers, already among the most stringent in the world, eventually to ban drivers from drinking alcohol at all.