Sobering truths: Driving under the influence

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This holiday season your Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee wishes to remind you of the importance of not drinking (or consuming cannabis) and driving. 

2018 marks the 41st 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.” (Sobering truth: CounterAttack turns 40, Dec 1, 2017).

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

 *Impairment includes 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, designated driving services are available. Be sure that you do your homework when hiring a service provider to ensure they are bonded and carry adequate liability insurance.

On behalf of your Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee, we wish you and your family and safe and happy holiday season!

Photo: Luke, Ma, Creative Commons