"Oh, I don't drink officer. It's against my religion."

The fear of being caught drinking and driving, together with threats of losing your driver's licence, having a criminal record and potentially going to jail, brings out the liar in many people.

With lots of holiday parties and events on the go, the risk for drunk driving is especially high at this time of year. So, with the popular police RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program in full swing this Holiday season, here are 10 ridiculous excuses Ontario officers hear from drivers when alcohol is emanating from their breath during the popular roadside spot-checks. There's never a shortage of them and some are quite humorous:


1. "I've only had one drink."


Ok, but was the container a large vase?


2. "The last drink I had was a few hours ago."


This one may actually be true. But how much were you drinking before your last one?


3. "I'm the designated driver."


If that's the case, then why does it smell as though Molson Canadian was the designated drink for the evening.


4. "My girlfriend (the passenger) had too much to drink and she just kissed me."


You can kiss your car goodbye for the next little while.


5. "Oh, I don't drink officer. It's against my religion."


Then why does it smell like a liquor cabinet in your SUV?


6. "The mouthwash I used is causing my breath to smell like alcohol."


Glad you keep your breath smelling fresh. Step out the vehicle please.


7. "It's probably the cooking wine I used to make dinner."


See my earlier point about these excuses being "ridiculous."


8. "Maybe it's you whose been drinking, officer."


This one was actually used in Peel back in 2008. The driver refused to provide a breath sample and was subsequently charged.


9. "A friend spilled beer on me at the bar."


Well, let's see what the breathalyzer test has to say about that.


10. "The device must be broken because I haven't had anything to drink."


This beauty has been used as a last-ditch, 11th hour Hail Mary after the motorist has blown into the Roadside Screening Device and failed miserably.

According to MADD Canada statistics, 1,250 to 1,500 people are killed on Canadian roads every year due to impaired driving.

Police are encouraging festive season celebrants to plan ahead to get home safely by using a designated driver, taxi or public transit. Since Nov. 1 and up until Jan. 5, MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders across the country will distribute millions of red ribbons for Canadians to tie on their vehicles, key chains, purses, briefcases and backpacks. Now in its 27th year, Project Red Ribbon targets the Christmas and New Year holiday season because it is the busiest time of year on most social calendars and the risk for impaired driving is high.

The red ribbon is a symbol of the wearers' commitment to sober driving, and a tribute to the thousands of Canadians who are killed and injured in impairment-related crashes each year. "With every red ribbon that's worn, we are reminding people that the deaths and injuries caused by impaired driving are 100% preventable, and that each and every person has the power to prevent impaired driving," said MADD Canada National President Angeliki Souranis.

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