Every day there are ads online, on TV, the radio, and in the LCBO explaining the dangers of driving under the influence. Drunk driving hasn’t been socially acceptable for a long time, and has been a crime for even longer.

Yet, despite all this, drunk driving is still a tragically common occurrence in Canada – and it’s still costing lives. According to MADD Canada, on average as many as four Canadians die every single day as a result of impaired driving. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to stop drunk driving before it starts.

Here is how we can prevent drunk driving together:

1) Lead by example

Drinking and driving is a societal issue. That’s why organizations like MADD have been so successful: they’ve worked to change society’s view of impaired driving by stigmatizing it while promoting safe alternatives. You can help shift people’s view of impaired driving by setting a good example.

By saying “it’s only a few beers” you’re undoing MADDs work by normalizing and justifying drinking and driving.  Besides, it’s not as straightforward as you think to determine how much alcohol is actually in a drink. Those “few beers” could put you over the legal limit without even realizing it.

2) Be a hero – be the designated driver

Pretty much everyone these days knows that designated drivers are one of the best strategies to avoid drunk driving – but few people actually step up to the plate and offer to be the designated driver. It may not be glamorous, or fun, but you might also be saving lives. Next time you go to an event offer to be the designated driver. You’ll save money, save some calories, and maybe even end up saving a life.

3) Arrange alternative transportation

You should always plan ahead to find alternative transportation. Let’s be honest, in today’s age of smartphones and ride-sharing services you don’t have any excuse not to find an alternative ride. Whether you plan on calling a friend, a taxi or an Uber- getting a safe, sober ride home is not that difficult.

4) Be a good host

Whenever you’re hosting people consider letting them sleep over, offer to arrange a ride, or even offer to find them a hotel. Also, make sure that you have non-alcoholic beverages available, and never pressure someone to drink who doesn’t want to.

5) Take the keys

No one wants to be “that person” but if it comes down to a choice between taking your friends keys and letting them drive drunk then the choice is easy – take the keys. As cliché as it may sound, a real friend will appreciate that you had the guts to take their keys when they wake up the next morning.

6) Detecting drunk drivers

Sometimes, despite all the education available to people about the dangers of drunk driving and the plethora of alternatives available, people still choose to drive drunk. If you see someone who you think may be driving drunk, it’s not too late to do something about it. Call the police (hands-free of course) and report them. Here are some of the common signs that someone is driving drunk:

  •       Weaving or swerving
  •       Driving at night without headlights
  •       Responding slowly to traffic signals, signs or other drivers
  •       Driving very slowly
  •       Braking suddenly
  •       Driving erratically

Injured by a drunk driver?

Drunk drivers can (and often do) cause life-threatening and life-changing injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver then you have a right to compensation. Call Zayouna Law today.