Jun 29, 2013 - EDITORIAL: ENJOY CANADA DAY RESPONSIBLY

It’s Canada Day weekend: a time to reflect on our heritage and birth of our great nation.

It also happens to be the first long weekend of the summer and a chance to kick back and relax. So enjoy it.

The holiday brings beaches, fireworks and maybe even a few cold beverages with friends.

Unfortunately, all to often, it also brings heartbreak.

The combination of alcohol and opportunity that present themselves this time of year can, in an instant, leave a spouse answering an unwanted knock on the door in the dead of night.

Or leave a child without a parent.

So by all means, take full advantage of the fun the weekend brings, but please, be responsible.

Last year, nine people drowned across Ontario and Quebec during the long weekend. One was at Grand Bend.

The accidents were attributed to a variety of causes and there's always risk when splashing around.

But a study by the lifesaving society suggests there are ways to minimize that risk.

In over 30% of cases where swimmers drowned, alcohol was a factor. In the case of boating incidents, that number climbed to almost 40%.

With about 500 deaths by drowning in Canada every year -- most coming in the summer months -- that's a lot of lives.

So it's important -- on a weekend known for its celebration -- to not tempt fate.

The same goes for Sudburians who might be driving to parties.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving report that on average, four Canadians are killed and 175 are injured by impaired driving each and every day.

Drinking or not, it's important to drive safe and be aware of your surroundings.

In the past week there have been a number of devastating car crashes and several motorcycle crashes across many parts of Ontario.

But as a province, we might be getting more careful. By this time last year, 173 people had died on the province's roads, waterways and trails.

This year, that number is down to 110. Unfortunately, that's still 110 too many.

So let's not add to that total this weekend. Enjoy the day off, but stay safe.

Source: The Sudbury Star


 

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