Dozens of Labatt Brewery employees fanned out around the city Friday, spreading the message that drinking and driving don’t mix.

Friday was the brewery’s fourth annual Be(er) Responsible Day. Employees spread out to LCBO locations and bars across the downtown and around the city to ask patrons to sign a petition on a tablet thanking designated drivers.

A recent study conducted by Ipsos Reid on the attitudes of Canadians 19 – 34 years of age towards designated driving showed that 85 percent of respondents agreed that if designated drivers got more credit for what they do, more people would volunteer to be one.

Criminal defense lawyer Andy Rady and London West MPP Peggy Sattler joined the employees for a noon hour launch party in the John Kinder Labatt Room.

Rady has been practicing criminal law in London for 30 years. He said there is no moral excuse for driving drunk, and thanks to recent changes to federal laws, it’s almost impossible to defend in a court of law too.

“I’ve heard some lawyers say it’s easier to defend a murder charge than a drunk driving charge today,” he said.

He added that considering the court costs, fines, impound and towing fees and “astronomical” insurance rate hikes (let alone the cost of a lawyer if you fight it) a first impaired driving conviction in Canada costs a minimum of $12,000 to $15,000.

“With designated drivers, transit, cabs, Keyz Please or even just walking, there is no defence for drinking and driving.”

The petition is available online at You can also spread the message by using the hashtag #thankabud on Twitter.

Source: Durham Region


Last updated on: 2013-09-24 | Link to this post