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If you’ve heard our PSAs playing on the radio you’ll know that passengers share the same fate as their drinking drivers. So our question to you is:
What percentage of Canadians say that they don’t ride with a drinking driver?
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How to Enter: Post your answer to the above question in the Comments section of this post.
I am a recently retired RCMP officer from Nova Scotia where close to half of my 36 year career was spent on Highway Patrol. Some areas where I worked had serious impaired driving problems but no dedicated traffic unit, so we did it all. Today I heard a radio spot from Change the Conversation that referred to the number of crash victims who ride with drinking drivers.
For a long time now I have advocated that this is an important part of the problem and efforts are needed to address it. Many cases I dealt with involved victims who chose to travel with a drinking driver; usually a friend.
It was great to hear this message.
I’ll Be Your DD if You Promise to Chill – PSA DLearn more about the types of drivers that are at risk of crashing when driving after drinking: http://bit.ly/f0PAhd
Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving started in 1986 – over 25 years ago by a very small group of concerned teenagers, teachers, police officers and citizens who wanted to raise awareness around the dangers of impaired driving. At that point in the “conversation” there were very few people talking about it impaired driving but many doing it! . Continue reading →
In 2005, Health Canada held cross-country consultations on substance abuse and identified alcohol misuse as an issue that required coordinated action. As a result, the National Alcohol Strategy Working Group was formed. The Working Group was led by a partnership between Health Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission and includes representatives from federal and provincial/territorial governments, non-governmental organizations, treatment agencies, and the alcohol industry.
Since the early 1980s, the alcohol-crash problem in Canada has declined dramatically, but driving under the influence of alcohol remains a significant health and safety issue. At the same time, greater public and political attention is now being directed at driving under the influence of drugs. While this issue has yet to elicit the level of concern that surrounds drinking and driving, it has become a recognized road safety issue of its own.
Curb the Danger is a traffic safety initiative that was introduced by the Edmonton Police Service as a pilot project in October 2006. The motoring public is asked to call 9-1-1 when they observe a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner that would lead them to believe that the driver is possibly impaired. A successful pilot project led the program to become permanent in 2007. When it is determined that a reported vehicle is being followed and if the following can be done safely, the license plate number, description of the vehicle, direction of travel, and detailed driving pattern are recorded. If possible, a Response Unit is dispatched to intercept the vehicle, determine the cause of the erratic driving and take appropriate action. If an interception is not possible and sufficient information is available, a letter is sent to the registered owner outlining the event as reported. Continue reading →
I cannot imagine taking someone’s life because of my careless action of choosing to drink and drive let alone being the passenger of a friend who is under the influence. Can you fathom hurting your friends and family because you had one too many drinks? I am all for having a great night out, but I choose to split a cab or spend the night crashing on a friends couch as opposed to ending up without my licence, in jail, or on the side of the road. No one wants to be hungover and in jail!
Living in the city – I know there is always a safer way home than getting into a car with someone who has been drinking. The subway runs late and cabs are all around. Once when I was at a party I could see my friends were going to be too out of it to get themselves home. I held up on my drinking and made sure I was sober at the end of the night to borrow a friend’s car to take them home. I knew they were getting home safe. You always hear about teens being injured or killed with “alcohol as a factor” and I want to avoid the statistic.