RCMP are debunking some of the 'myths' surrounding impaired driving in an effort to reduce the number of people injured and killed by drunks behind the wheel.

According to police, impaired driving is a leading cause of collisions in the province of B.C. During the summer months (June to September) 36 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving – nearly half (46 per cent) of all impaired driving fatalities in a year.* Those are some sobering statistics and that’s why this month’s five on the fifth focusses on debunking impaired driving myths.

Myth 1: I can’t do anything to prevent impaired driving collisions

Fact: By planning ahead and pledging not to drive impaired or to get in a vehicle with an impaired driver you can reduce impaired driving collisions. Most impaired-related crashes (59 per cent) occur on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. So, if you are going out, plan ahead for a safe ride home. Organize a designated driver, put money aside for a taxi or know your public transit options. 

Myth 2: Coffee, a cold shower or a hamburger will sober you up.

Fact: Nothing but time will help you wear off the drugs or alcohol you consumed.

Myth 3: I’ll be OK to drive in the morning.

Sleeping may make you feel better, but it doesn’t mean that the alcohol or drugs are out of your system.

Myth 4: Smoking pot makes me a better driver.

Studies show stoned drivers can be as dangerous as drunk drivers. Depending on what they've smoked, swallowed or injected, their impairment could range from slowed reflexes and flawed depth perception to hallucinations, psychosis and seizures.

Myth 5: I only took over-the-counter medications for my cold/allergies. I’m OK to drive.

Fact: It’s not only illicit drugs that can cause you to be impaired. Many over the counter and prescription medications can leave you drowsy and slow your reaction time. When mixed with alcohol, the combination can be deadly.

Source: Castanet


Last updated on: 2016-07-19 | Link to this post