CONTRIBUTION · 28th June 2010
July 1st marks the start of the Summer Impaired Driving CounterAttack campaign in British Columbia. Impaired driving is one of the top three highway safety concerns along with aggressive and the non-use of seatbelts. Despite the progress made since 1977 when the CounterAttack campaigns were first introduced, impaired driving continues to be a serious problem. In 2007, alcohol was a factor in 33 % of the fatalities resulting from motor vehicle collisions in British Columbia.
If alcohol is a part of your summer activities, plan ahead for a safe ride home.
● Arrange for a designated driver, use transit, take a taxi, or call a friend or family member.
● Never get into a vehicle with an impaired driver.
● There is no quick way to sober up. Food, coffee, a cold shower or exercise will not speed up the elimination of alcohol from your system. The only thing that reduces the effects of alcohol is time.
● You’re safest if you completely separate driving from drinking.
The consequences to your life from an impaired driving charge is severe. When you are caught your vehicle will be impounded and your driver’s licence will be suspended at roadside. When convicted you could go to jail and your ability to travel outside of Canada could be affected. Think about it. Is it worth the risk ?