You’ve heard a lot about drunk driving this year. At LifeSafer of Canada we’ve been informing you of events and developments in the field all year long. And the year has been eventful in Canada, with changes in technology, legislation, policy, and public awareness of the task of promoting sober driving here. Stories range from the encouraging to the concerning to the downright silly, and we’ve attempted to stay on top of them all:
- DUIs on tractors and snowmobiles, backhoes and even a medi-chair
- Drunk driving’s effect on puppies and cows
- Changes in laws in Durham and BC
- Smart moves by 9-year-olds and dumb moves by grownups
- Also strippers, sunflower seeds, and Rob Ford
What can we make these? In general, it’s clear that people are getting the message. Drunk driving is not socially popular as it once was. Fewer people take the offense lightly, and more drivers are taking their responsibility seriously and handing their keys to a designated driver.
But that doesn’t mean that the practice has been wiped out. On average, four Canadians are killed each day, and 175 injured, in impairment-involved road collisions. Some of those people were hard-core drunk drivers who refused all appeals to change their ways.
Many, though, were not. They were people with no previous DUI record: students, not used to drinking, who got behind the wheel. Experienced drinkers who felt they could “handle it,” and so they drove home when they should have taken a taxi. And regular people who just made a bad decision on a bad night.In addition to the ones who died, there were many drunk drivers who were arrested and who have had to adjust to a new way of life because of their offense. Fines, jail, ignition interlocks, probation: the consequences of impaired driving are many and burdensome. And of those, many didn’t really think they were drunk until the test results confirmed it.
So make this the year that you remove any chance of getting a DUI. If you’re drinking at all, find other ways to get home. Take a bus or taxi, or designate a driver. Use a rideshare app. Even if it’s just a small buzz, that’s enough to impair your judgment and cause a collision – or at least attract the police.
Happy New Year. At LifeSafer of Canada we hope it’s a safe one for you, with all your road journeys sober ones.