Boxing day is one of those days that seems to mean different things to different people. Officially the day after Christmas is a state holiday in Canada, and if you look to the U.K you’ll see that it’s traditionally a day that employers give their staff Christmas presents to celebrate the holidays.
In present day Canada, Boxing Day is a day of deals and a day of relaxing, where every store has big price mark downs after a busy holiday shopping season and every home has a holiday drink waiting for visitors after the shopping is over. Unfortunately that fun, festive Boxing Day vibe also leads to something a bit more dangerous: drinking and driving.
There are quite a few reasons why Boxing Day is a dangerous day for drivers.
It’s in the middle of a week-long alcohol binge
For some people, Christmas Eve starts with drinks and they don’t stop drinking until New Year’s Day. Early afternoon to late at night, people are out and about sharing holiday beverages, and that can mean your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is on the high side for the entire holiday week.
Even if you stopped drinking late on Christmas Day, you could still blow over the legal warn limit on a breathalyzer on Boxing Day. Depending on your province that could mean a warn range violation or drunk driving arrest.
People are in a hurry
The common theme on Boxing day is that people rush from house to house or store to store. When people are in a hurry and road conditions are already bad because it’s winter, they could be distracted and drive poorly. Add alcohol to that scenario and you have a driver who’s much more likely to crash because their coordination, vision, and motor skills are impaired on top of already adverse conditions.
Boxing Day, just like the rest of the holidays, is a day to enjoy. Instead of adopting a carefree holiday attitude toward everything, make sure the one thing you’re serious about this Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year’s is saying not to drinking and driving. That way you can enjoy all of the holidays without worrying about whether or not you’re sober enough to drive.