Don’t drink and drive. It seems like a pretty simple message, doesn’t it? You see the statistics on TV and read about drunk driving crashes in newspapers and it all makes sense on paper, but when you’ve had a few and the keys are in your hand, it’s easy to think the rules don’t apply to you.
That’s exactly the mindset people have when they do decide to drink and drive – that although alcohol affects everyone differently and can decrease your coordination and slow your reflexes, your driving ability is just fine, thank you very much. Drinking and driving myths like ‘One drink isn’t enough to affect my driving,’ or ‘As long as I’m not over .08, I’m OK to drive’ are also helpful to drinking drivers when rationalizing their decision.
But at the end of the day, those keys in your hand can mean a death sentence for someone else, even if that’s not what you ever intended to happen. If you need a reminder of that message, take a look at this public service announcement (PSA) by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
In 2010, MADD estimated that 1,082 Canadians were killed in alcohol-related crashes. That’s almost half of the 2,541 individuals killed in motor vehicle crashes that year. MADD also estimates that from the 299,838 people injured in crashes in 2012, almost 64,000 were injured in a crash where alcohol was involved. That’s a lot of people who died because someone decided to drink and drive, and a lot of families who have to live with that decision for the rest of their lives.
MADD Canada is dedicated to sharing the disastrous outcomes of drinking and driving, and PSAs like this one show how it can change your life in a second. For more PSAs by MADD, please visit their YouTube Channel.