Holidays and long weekends make life all the more sweet. A family gathering, a night out with friends, and all too often, one drink too many. Unfortunately, they also come with a higher number of car crashes related to drinking and driving.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you are going to drink this weekend, think ahead and plan a safe end.
Plan a safe way home
If you drink, don’t drive. Before you start the party, designate a driver to get you home safely. If that doesn’t work, take a taxi or transit or be prepared to stay where you are until you’ve sobered up.
Attend to friends and family
Keeping drunks off the road also means keeping an eye on your friends and family. If they’ve had too much, you might have to intervene and take away their keys. Offer a ride if you’re sober, get them into a taxi, or let them crash on the couch. Just don’t let them drive drunk! You don’t have to be confrontational, just let them know you have their best interests at heart. They’ll thank you later.
Watch for drunk drivers
If you suspect someone of being drunk behind the wheel, alert the authorities. Call 911 and give them the location and description of the car. But don’t get involved beyond that – leave it to the police to do their jobs.
Share the message
Drinking and driving is dangerous. Thanks to social media, you can now share this message with your friends and family. Just click one of the icons at the bottom of this page to share. It’s ok to let loose and have a few weekend libations, but it shouldn’t mean the end of someone’s life.
For more information
- Labour Day long weekend is one of the most dangerous on B.C. roads, ICBC
- Driving While Affected by Drugs or Alcohol, BC Government
- Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Labor Day Weekend, MADD Canada