Drinking and driving is an issue that affects everyone, whether male or female, young or old. It is one of the leading causes of accidents on Québec roads.
Each year on average, accidents related to alcohol-impaired driving result in:
It is estimated that compensating victims of drunk driving costs 90 million dollars each year.
Refusing to blow into a breathalyzer or perform physical coordination tests automatically results in stiffer penalties. These penalties are the same as those for driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 160 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood (0.16), i.e. more than twice the legal limit!
The law not only prohibits impaired driving, but also having the care or control of a vehicle while impaired. Here are some situations that can have the same consequences as impaired driving:
Insist that your friend sleep over. Is he or she stubbornly refusing? Express your disagreement strongly and support those who speak up. Persuasion is more effective as a group.
Never get in a vehicle with a driver who has had alcohol if you suspect that he or she is impaired.
At the same time, talk him or her out of driving and suggest an alternative, such as public transit, a taxi or a drive-home service.