With another summer over and winter on its way, you might think that the period of heavy impaired driving is officially over. After all, people tend to drink more in the warm summer months during patio season, and that’s when they make the choice to drink and drive, right?
Not necessarily: the fall and winter months include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve, and those blocks of time tend to have a high number of impaired driving crashes and fatalities.
That’s why fall is a great time to sit down and remind yourself why you shouldn’t drink and drive. It’s easy to put your keys in the ignition when you’re drunk, because you don’t really think it through, but that decision can cost you in the long run.
Here are 3 good reasons why you shouldn’t drive impaired
You could kill someone
A fatal crash is the worst outcome of impaired driving, and because even one drink can affect your vision, motor skills, and coordination, it’s all too easy to crash once you’ve had a few. Offenders who have been involved in fatal crashes say that the jail time, fines, and penalties are nothing compared to living with the fact that you’ve killed someone.
You won’t be driving for a long time
Mandatory drivers license suspensions are part of the penalty package if you drive impaired, and most provinces require you to lose your drivers license for one full year. After that year, you may receive restricted driving privileges with the installation of an ignition interlock device.
You’ll go broke paying the fines
Depending on whether you’ve ever had an impaired driving charge before, you’re going to be paying a stiff penalty for making the choice to drive impaired. These penalties can end up being the equivalent to a month’s pay or more, and that doesn’t include the fees required to install and maintain an ignition interlock, court costs, and drivers programs you’ll have to attend
With billboards, impaired driving statistics, and social media sharing the reality of drunk driving, no one should need a reason not to drink and drive. But if you do, you can go back to these reasons and remind yourself why you’d rather hand the keys over to someone else.