Holiday season calls for celebrations and while that ought to be the way to spend holidays, make sure you plan your on-road journeys well ahead of time and refrain from impaired driving.
Impaired drivers are one of the most common causes accidents on roads during the holiday season and according to statistics as many as 30 per cent of fatal car crashes in the U.S. are caused by alcohol impaired drivers. If we look at statistics in Canada – specifically the Atlantic Region provinces, in 2012 approximately 130 people were killed in road crashes involving drivers who had alcohol and/or drugs present in their system.
One key thing to remember is that no matter how little alcohol you have consumed or how tiny an amount of drugs you have used, you could be declared an impaired driver. Studies have shown and Center for Disease Control, US, has time and again said that after two drinks, a person has some loss of judgement and an altered mood. The only way to be sure your judgement has not been impaired is to not drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.
To tackle the menace of impaired driving, Red Deer RCMP kicked off a checkstop campaign on December 3, which is also the National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. The checkstop will run through to the new year under which police officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers to keep the roads safe during the holiday season for everyone. Red Deer RCMP is known for its leadership in putting record numbers of impaired drivers before the courts over the last few years.
The police says that everyone should pitch in when it comes to keep the roads safe. People should chose from a multitude of alternatives that are available instead of driving impaired, including taxis, public transit or having a designated driver.
MADD Canada and Irving Oil have joined hands and are asking Atlantic Canadians to make a commitment to sober driving by joining the 2016 Project Red Ribbon campaign this year.
For your own safety, and the safety of everyone on the road with you, please:
- Plan ahead when you know you’ll be drinking.
- Take a cab or bus, arrange a designated driver or plan to stay over.
- Never drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver.
- If you see a driver you suspect is impaired, call 911 to report it to police. The call you make could save a life.