There are lots of things to do over Labour Day weekend. Barbecue. Gather with friends. Go camping. Visit family. If you’re in a city, you can check out various food, film, art, and music events and festivals dotting the landscape.
While you’re making your plans, make one more as well: plan not to drink and drive.
It might not be as easy as you think. You might be attending a bash at a friend’s house and forgotten to arrange a ride home. You might have a big date that involves dinner and wine. Or a family gathering where everyone of driving age will be drinking as well.
So here’s what to do, in one word: plan. Think about your weekend, and decide how to get home without drinking and driving. Make all the arrangements now.
- Going out with a group of friends? Designate the driver now. Make a call and arrange for one of you to stay sober the entire night. And make it up to that friend in a spectacular way.
- If no one will do the DD honors, call a taxi.
- The best way not to drive home drunk is not drive there in the first place. Hitch a ride or take a taxi to the event, and then the temptation is gone.
- Don’t let friends drive home drunk – it’s a lousy thing to do, and potentially a tragic one.
Labour Day celebrates the Canadian working person. You work hard, and are entitled to the long weekend off. But please drive sober so we end up with the same number of workers alive and well on Tuesday.