RCMP speak to impaired driving

Ponoka detachment issues reminders to public about driving impaired this season

  • Dec. 7, 2016 2:00 p.m.

With the holiday season in full swing, the RCMP advise care and consideration with regards to impaired driving.

RCMP recommend planning ahead if drinking is on the agenda:

Planning ahead is especially important if you live in the country where public transportation and taxis are not an option.

Crashing on someone’s couch is better than crashing on the roads.

Rural drivers may be more likely to risk it, as they think the chances of being involved in a collision on the way home are low, but rural driving in winter tends to be more dangerous due to road conditions, lack of street lights, animals, etc.

Wherever you live, the biggest risk is NOT about getting caught, it is about the possibility that you may hurt someone or yourself on the way home.

Sometimes a difficult conversation must happen:

Telling a friend, family member or co-worker that they are in no shape to drive can be a difficult thing to do.

If you choose to say nothing and something happens, living with yourself will be much harder.

Have the difficult with yourself and never get into a vehicle with an impaired driver.

Taking someone’s keys away could save a life.

If the impaired person doesn’t listen to you, make sure their passengers do.

If the driver doesn’t listen, do the right thing and call 911.


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