Did you know there has been a 50% increase in motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol this year over last year? This major spike in alcohol-related crashes comes after repeated warnings and education campaigns about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks.
Just this holiday season, police have been conducting their annual R.I.D.E campaign to reduce drinking and driving, which is more common during the holiday season.
“We still don’t seem to have a high enough compliance rate,” Stewart said about drinking and driving.
Alcohol was a factor in about 20% of vehicle-related trauma cases at Hamilton Health Sciences last year.
But, the statistics don’t do justice to the pain and suffering caused by drunk driving victims and their families. Too many lives have been lost on Ontario roads because of alcohol related collisions. And too many innocent people have suffered serious and life changing injuries because of drunk drivers.
Hamilton police will be out on the roads in full force this holiday season looking for impaired, aggressive, or distracted drivers, Stewart said.
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At Cariati Law, we want to help you stay safer during this holiday season. Many alcohol related car accidents result in permanent brain damage, spinal cord injuries or paralysis.
So, what can you do to help prevent drinking and driving in Ontario?
- Be responsible.
- Choose a designated driver. Decide who’s going to be doing the driving before you go out, and make sure that person doesn’t drink any alcoholic beverages.
- Call a taxi. Sometimes even the designated driver slips. If nobody in your group is sober, take alternate transportation. Cab, train, bus, horse and buggy – anything’s better than getting in the car with a drunk driver.
- Hide keys. Don’t be afraid to take someone’s car keys.
Together, let’s work to prevent alcohol related accidents on our Ontario Roads. At Cariati Law, we deeply care about your safety.
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