When you make an alcoholic drink that’s designed for kids, you’re treading on very shaky moral ground. After a 14-year-old girl died, the Québec-based company Groupe Geloso said it would no longer produce the caffeine-alcohol drink. The drink was never explicitly targeted for teens, but the … [Read more...] about Drink Maker Does the Right Thing, Axes Caffeine-Alcohol Brew.
One of the reasons that drunk driving is such a persistent crime is that it’s rarely taken seriously enough by witnesses. Too many people back down when confronted with a friend who insists he or she is “okay to drive.” There are exceptions, and they can be dramatic. Recently police in Saskatoon … [Read more...] about Would You Report Your Own Son for Drunk Driving? This Man Did.
First, the facts: road crashes kill more 16 to 25-year-old Canadians than anything else. And alcohol and drugs are a factor in more than half of those crashes. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada is dedicated to lowering the number of alcohol-related crashes in the country. That can’t be … [Read more...] about MADD SmartWheels is Rolling Through Ontario
With zero tolerance laws in Canada, teens know they shouldn’t get behind the wheel after even one glass of alcohol. But knowing that hasn't stopped them from doing that, because teen drunk driving arrests have maintained a steady pace over the past few years. One 18-year-old in Morden, Manitoba … [Read more...] about Zero Tolerance Doesn’t Always Stop Teen Drunk Driving
It’s all too easy to view a police officer as someone to fear instead of a helping hand when you’re in need. After all, these are the people who hand out speeding tickets, make arrests for drunk driving, and show up in the middle of sticky situations, so it’s easy to think that police are only there … [Read more...] about Teens Get Positive Ticketing Instead Of Lectures About Drunk Driving
Teens know all about the dangers of drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs. They hear about the risks from their parents, they attend seminars about it at school, and if they missed both of those memos, they definitely hear about it on social media and other websites via public … [Read more...] about Teens Use Virtual Reality To Experience Dangers Of Drinking And Driving
Some laws change because a tragic circumstance motivated someone to stand up and make a stand, while others are the result of a problem that grows to the point where it can’t be ignored anymore. What’s happened in Saskatchewan seems to be a combination of the two, and recently Saskatchewan drunk … [Read more...] about This Is Why Saskatchewan Drunk Driving Laws Changed
No matter where you live, parents of young drivers give them the same talk: don’t speed, don’t drive recklessly, and never, under any circumstances, drink and drive. It’s good advice, and all the better if the young person actually takes it, but sometimes parents need a helping hand in enforcing … [Read more...] about Stricter Zero Tolerance Drunk Driving Laws Coming To Newfoundland
There’s something big going on in Dryden, Ontario, and it involves teen drunk drivers. After doing a little number crunching a local police officer discovered a disturbing trend in northern Ontario drunk driving. She discovered that over a three-year period there were an increasing number of … [Read more...] about What’s Going On With Teen Drunk Drivers In Northern Ontario?
Saskatchewan has made headlines this past year for all the wrong reasons. The province with one of the worst impaired driving records in the entire country has recorded drunk driving crash after crash. Thankfully local lawmakers have stood up and noticed, because they’ve passed emergency legislation … [Read more...] about New Impaired Driving And Ignition Interlock Laws Coming To Saskatchewan
If you’re under the age of 21 in Canada, you’ve probably heard of zero tolerance laws. If you haven’t and you’ve just hit the Canadian legal drinking age of 19, you may want to brush up a bit on what zero tolerance means for you. Zero tolerance laws are in place in certain provinces to protect … [Read more...] about Here’s What You Need To Know About Zero Tolerance In Canada
Summer might be your favourite time of year to kick back, enjoy the warm weather, and put back a few alcohol-related refreshments, but it’s also a time when a lot of people make the decision to do that then drive. Summer is actually one of the worst times for impaired drivers all across Canada, and … [Read more...] about These Summer Drunk Driving Tales Make You Happy Fall Is Here
It’s back to school time again and although most parents will rejoice at the thought of kids back in class, for parents of university age teens, it can be the start of a time of great stress. It happens within a blink of an eye too: your child grows up right before your eyes and before you know … [Read more...] about Ignition Interlock Your Teen Before They Go Back To School
It’s not hard to believe teens are involved in a lot of motor vehicle crashes. If you’ve ever watched a teen peel out of a parking lot, hit high speeds, or drive erratically, you know that these young, inexperienced drivers are much more likely to crash their cars. But did you know that out of all … [Read more...] about Why Is Underage Drinking And Driving Still Claiming Lives?
There are a lot of conversations with teens that parents really want to ‘put off until tomorrow.’ Talking to your child about topics like relationships, online bullying, or teen drinking and driving can seem like something that can wait for another day, but the problem in waiting is that sometimes … [Read more...] about Why It’s So Important To Talk About Teen Drinking And Driving
It might have been scary when your child took his or her first steps, went off to school for the first time, or had the freedom to go to the mall with their friends on their own, but that’s nothing compared to handing over the keys to the car and allowing your child to drive off without you. It’s … [Read more...] about Here’s Why You Want To Make Sure Your Teen Doesn’t Drive Impaired
If you’re a baby boomer you probably remember how it was OK to pile 7 people into a five seat car without seat belts, how you could have open alcohol or drink underage and no one would stop you, and how the trunk was a just an ‘extra seat’ for someone who needed a ride somewhere. Life definitely … [Read more...] about Novice Impaired Driving, Complete With Passenger In Trunk
It’s a sad fact that doesn’t seem to change: car crashes are the leading cause of death among 16 – 25 year olds. Half of those are due to alcohol. The facts are stubborn, but MADD Canada and LCBO are determined to change things. That’s why they’re taking their 2015-2016 school assembly program on … [Read more...] about MADD Canada and LCBO Bring Sober Driving Message to Ontario Schools
Back to school might be a time of the year that parents look forward to, but for parents of teens just starting university or college, it can be a time of stress too. That’s when your child is about to stretch their wings for the first time and begin to do things without you, and you have to hope … [Read more...] about Before Back To School, Talk To Your Teen About Impaired Driving
Most discussions of Canada's drunk driving laws will include facts about legal alcohol limits. In Ontario, that limit is normally a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08. Get caught with that amount, and you’re in serious trouble. A BAC of .05 is the “warn range” – you’ll pay a fine and have to … [Read more...] about Novice Drivers in Ontario: Your Alcohol Limit is Zero
When someone loses a loved one to an impaired driving crash, they’re often at a loss as to how to fill the void. That person’s life meant something, and friends and family of victims of impaired driving often struggle with both the senseless way the person died and the need to make the death stand … [Read more...] about Teens Take A Swing At Impaired Driving
There’s a reason why doctors always tell you ‘Do everything in moderation.’ If you eat too much, drive too fast, or drink too much, it can and will have negative effects on your health. Take drinking alcohol for example—binge drinking wine, beer, or spirits until you’re well past the point of … [Read more...] about The Dangers Of Binge Drinking
Prom and graduation season are almost here again, and along with the exciting preparation comes the need to put together an action plan so everyone who attends can stay safe while having a good time. For some schools, part of that action plan has been to utilize breathalyzer devices at the door of … [Read more...] about Two Teens Take Exception To Breathalyzer For Underage Drinking
It’s bad enough when an adult drinks and drives. They have the experience, knowledge, and judgement to know that it’s illegal, dangerous, and could result in a crash killing themselves or others. It’s also a no-brainer they should accept the strict impaired driving penalties and learn from their … [Read more...] about Here’s What Can Happen When Your Teen Drinks And Drives
The combination of drinking and driving is especially lethal in teens. Drivers under 21 are more likely to die in alcohol-related crashes than older drivers. The perilous combination of inexperience, impulsiveness, bad judgment and a feeling of invincibility greatly increase risks to teenagers on … [Read more...] about How To Keep Your Teen from Drinking and Driving
We’ve all heard stories of how reckless teens can be while driving. Whether it’s street racing or driving while impaired, Ontario’s graduated-licensing system was put in place to teach teens the right way to drive and protect them from driving behaviors that could result in injury or death. All … [Read more...] about The Straight FAQ About A G1 Driver’s License
It’s a sad fact that teen drivers are more likely to be die in auto crashes than any other way. Parents try to minimize the risk by signing their teens up for safe driving classes and having open conversations with their teen about the dangers of drinking and driving. But every year, thousands of … [Read more...] about All You Need To Stop Your Teen From Drinking And Driving Is An Ignition Interlock
In Canada you can vote when you turn 18, and you have the option to legally head out to bars or nightclubs and drink alcohol when you turn 19. But for young people in the country, turning the magical age of 19 doesn’t mean the restrictions are over. Zero tolerance laws prevent anyone under the … [Read more...] about Zero Tolerance Is Here To Stay
It’s something a teenager should never have to deal with, and the real tragedy is that these situations are completely preventable. Losing a loved one or a friend due to drinking and driving is tragic, but it’s even more so when you’re a teenager and you were involved in the crash or responsible … [Read more...] about PSAs And Voluntary Ignition Interlock Programs Can Stop Teen Crashes
When you’re 16, life seems like it could never end. Teens want to drive faster, stay out later, and try new things, all because they have a sense of invincibility. But if that sense of invincibility includes getting behind the wheel after drinking or doing drugs, your teen could be in for some real … [Read more...] about Teen Drunk Driving Myths Have More Parents Considering A Car Breathalyzer