The last weekend of November was one that will be remembered in the GTA. The highways were pretty much a mess: more than 100 impaired driving charges were laid over the weekend.
Alcohol caused a number of collisions, including a particularly lethal one in which a mother was killed and her infant son seriously injured.
What’s going on? It appears that all of the work Ontario has been doing to make citizens aware of the dangers of impaired driving has gone out the window.
News is not all bad – the averages for the year are not as bad as this weekend would have one believe. But there is no excuse for the decisions that these drivers are making. For years organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, arrivealive Drive Sober and Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID), to name just three, have been urging drinkers to find a safe way home after a night at the bar.
For whatever reason, November 26th and 27th were off the charts in terms of drunk drivers on the roads. Given that impaired driving is completely preventable, and that Ontario has been publicizing the dangers of this crime for years, it follows that some people think that the facts don’t apply to them – that somehow, they are not as dangerous on the roads as other people.
In fact, people do think they are better drivers than they actually are while impaired. Even if they can manage to control a vehicle fairly well in the normal course of things, they are not equipped to deal with unexpected events – a pedestrian stepping out on the street, a car stopping short. Part of safe driving is being alert to and prepared for the unexpected.
The message is out there, Ontario. Please heed it. Impaired driving is dangerous – every day, and every weekend.