Drinking and driving; sobering truths
December 1, 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of CounterAttack and while the initiative has resulted in a decrease of alcohol related fatalities, the fact remains that drinking and driving “still remains a top contributing factor for fatal crashes in B.C.” Source: ICBC Article, Sobering truth: CounterAttack turns 40 (Dec 1, 2017).
Even though the holiday season has come and gone it is still essential, regardless of the time of year, to remember the importance of not drinking and driving and arranging alternative transportation to get you home safely.
Some sobering statistics from ICBC:
On average, 65 people die every year in crashes involving impaired driving (9 of these will occur on Vancouver Island)
23% of car crash fatalities are related to impaired driving
57% of impaired-related crashes happen on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday
39% of impaired-related crashes take place between 9pm and 3am
69% of all impaired drivers in crashes are male
19 to 35 year olds account for 47% of impaired drivers in crashes
*Impaired is defined to include alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines.
There are many options to ensure you arrive home safely after an evening of libations with your friends or colleagues; you can have a designated driver, call a cab, or take the bus. In Victoria and the surrounding area there are also local designated driving services, just be sure that you do your homework when hiring one of these services to ensure they are bonded and carry adequate liability insurance.
If you are hosting an event and will be serving alcohol, you can order a free Special Event Permit Kit from ICBC to remind your guests of the importance of not drinking and driving so that they can arrive home safely.
A message from your Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC).