The first snow covering and Christmas music reverberating through every retail establishment has brought to everyone’s attention that we have officially entered the holiday season.

The time when families, co-workers and friends like to gather together and celebrate, give gifts, give thanks, and just generally have a good time.

Many of us enjoy having a glass of wine or a couple of beers when given a chance to relax with the people that we love, and there is nothing wrong with that.

What is a major problem is how it can affect a person’s ability to make the right decision when it comes to getting behind the wheel.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, impaired drivers are responsible for nearly 25 per cent of all fatalities on Ontario roads – 100 per cent of which are preventable deaths.

In today’s edition, we report on the fact that thanks to increased enforcement, Caledon OPP have been able to crack down more on impaired drivers. While it is comforting to know that they are getting more of these drivers off of the roads, it also gives way to the fact that there are still so many more out there.

Regardless of federal and provincial laws and penalties, police enforcement and awareness efforts, and despite the very obvious risk of death or injury to both yourself and everyone else on the roads – people continue to get behind the wheel impaired.

MADD Canada estimates that the number of impaired driving trips taken in Canada each year is around 12.5 million.

While the OPP have actively increased RIDE enforcement to remind residents of the risks of impaired driving, and programs like HomeJames exist to offer free valet service in your own car right to your doorstep – there will still be impaired drivers on the road.

Every one of us is responsible for reducing those numbers and the potential for tragedy that looms every time a drinking driver gets behind the wheel.

Landing in jail or being responsible for a senseless death because you didn’t want to pay for a cab ride is not something that anyone wants for Christmas.

So when you are at the next family gathering or work party that we are all bound to attend this year and knee deep in your third glass of wine – enjoy it, but lose the ego. Find a designated driver or call HomeJames for a free ride. A few drinks is always a few too many, so whether you have to convince yourself, or keep a friend from making the same mistake – it will save lives. Think. Arrive alive.

Source: Caledon Enterprise


Last updated on: 2014-12-16 | Link to this post