A recently released survey done by Ipsos Reid for Labatt Breweries of Canada found that young Albertans are the most responsible in the country when it comes to using designated drivers. The survey, which came out Monday, revealed that 84% of Albertans between the ages of 19-34 years have served as a designated driver in the last three years.

The study found an average of 21% of young people across the country said they serve as a designated driver “all the time.”

It’s an interesting and positive change that will hopefully continue to grow. People, young people at least, seem to be getting it. The first national advertising campaigns against drinking and driving began in the early ’80s and it’s really a little sad that it took 30 years for it to finally hit home, but at least it’s hitting home.

Many young people have grown up with the message of ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ and are making more responsible decisions based on that mantra. There may always be those who believe they are fine to drive after spending an evening drinking, but more and more are stepping up, volunteering to be the designated driver for the night, taking a cab home, and not letting friends drive drunk.

According to Ryan Hall at the Lion’s Den in Grande Prairie, it’s the older generation that seem to be a little more inclined to get behind the wheel after a couple of drinks. You’d think with age would come wisdom, but apparently not in some cases.

That being said, according to Statistics Canada the highest impaired driving rates were recorded for those aged 20-24.

That same Statistics Canada report, which was released in 2012 and used data from 2011, indicated that the impaired driving rate in Canada has dropped significantly since 1986. It hit a low in 2006 with 234 incidents per 100,000 population.

Data provided by police services showed the rate of impaired driving causing bodily harm had declined by 60% between 1986 and 2011.

The numbers are dropping, but it is still happening...every day.

Looking at the Stats Can report, it seems the August long weekend ranked second after Canada Day for the most incidents of impaired driving in Canada in 2011. Not really surprising when you think about it, especially if the weather is nice as it is supposed to be this weekend.

So enjoy the weekend, have some fun, but take a few seconds to think about what you are doing before you decide to get behind the wheel after a few drinks. Make a plan to get you and your friends home safely and keep those stats on a downward slide.

Source: Daily Herald Tribune


Last updated on: 2013-08-06 | Link to this post