Monday December 26, 2011
On The Road
New Year's Counterattack Continues
The top 5
excuses drivers give for driving under the influence
Released by Lindsay Olsen, ICBC/Voice file photo
and police are reminding drivers that as Christmas quickly approaches and
you begin confirming your New Year’s plans, it’s also time to start planning
a safe ride home for you and your loved ones.
roadchecks remain in full effect across the province and excuses
won’t hold up if you’re caught driving impaired this holiday season.
about impaired driving are changing, amazingly, police are still
hearing excuses from impaired drivers about why they chose to get
behind the wheel while impaired despite the many alternatives
available to get home safely.
Here are just
some of the excuses offered by drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks
across the province this month:
driving my drunk friends home… I’ve had less than all of them.”
Choosing the least drunk person to be the designated
driver is not a safe way to get friends and family home, and
it’s a decision that could end in tragedy. Start the night with
a plan to get home safely – choose a designated driver before
you go out, make sure you have money for transit or a taxi, a
place to stay overnight, or a friend you can call for a ride.
only had a couple.” Every drink you consume adds to
your level of impairment. The “just a couple” mentality can blur
your perception of reality and the actual number of drinks
you’ve consumed throughout the night. Don’t get caught up in the
celebration – if you’ve been drinking, make the smart choice to
get home safely.
was just going two blocks.” Impaired driving is
dangerous and illegal whether you are traveling a block or 20
kilometres. CounterAttack roadchecks are everywhere – so no
matter how close to home you may be, think twice about getting
behind the wheel, you might just encounter a friendly,
can hold my liquor.” Police often hear from drivers who
have survived an alcohol-related crash that they had very little
to drink and really didn’t think they were impaired. The truth
is, alcohol affects your perception of how impaired you are, and
your risk of crashing increases with each alcoholic drink you
can't be drunk...I'm the designated driver!" Taking
your turn to be the designated driver is a commitment that
shouldn’t be taken lightly. Offer to be the designated driver
before you head out to celebrate – but remember that a true
designated driver is the person who decides not to drink so they
can drive others home safely.
season, we can all do our part help to keep our roads safe. Set an
example – share the responsibility and take your turn to be a
designated driver. Your smart driving decisions can have a
significant influence on others.
holidays and have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.
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