When you think of May, you probably think of springtime. There are flowers blooming everywhere, the leaves on the trees are turning green, and people in flip flops and shorts are out in full force. The roads are full too, but they aren’t just loaded with families heading out for a day in the sun. They’re loaded with loaded drivers, because May is one of the busiest months of the year for impaired driving in Canada.
The month of May seems to give people a lot of reasons to drink and drive including the official kick off to spring time, the Victoria Day long weekend, and the official opening of patio season.
The Victoria Day long weekend has traditionally been seen as the start of the summer season. Unfortunately that also means police will see an increase in impaired driving in Canada. Last year impaired driving charges increased in Toronto over Victoria Day, and police arrested 37 people in 2015 compared to 27 people in 2014. What’s going to happen in 2016? It’s anyone’s guess.
Warm weather also brings patio season back for another few months. The causal vibe of the patio will bring people out in droves, and they will hang out, have a drink or two with lunch or dinner, and some will get behind the wheel and drive.
But if they do decide to drink and drive, especially on the May long weekend, police will be waiting. To fight impaired driving in Canada, police across the country have kicked off a #drivesober campaign. Police will have checkstops on local roads and be out in the community ready to stop drunk drivers in their tracks.
No one wants to receive an impaired driving charge, but that’s exactly what will happen if you decide to drink and drive this May. Do yourself a favour: make sure you enjoy your spring and summer by planning for a designated driver or a sober ride before you head out. It can make the difference between you enjoying the warm Canadian sunshine or spending your time cooling your heels in a court room.