If you are going out and intend to drink alcohol, leave your car at home and choose an alternative. There are many solutions! The important thing is to think about it before heading out.
Taking the bus or the metro, when possible, makes things easier. A tip: check the schedule ahead of time.
Consider Cool Taxi coupons, which can be used like cash to pay for your fare. Just so you know, these coupons cannot be exchanged against anything else, such as one last drink before leaving…
These services are inexpensive, and ensure that your car is in the driveway the next morning!
A designated driver is not the one who has had the least to drink. He or she is the one who has not had a drop of alcohol nor taken any drugs.
In a group, take turns being the designated driver.
Never get a ride with someone who has been drinking or taking drugs.
Check to make sure your designated driver stays sober.
If you have been drinking, don’t hesitate to sleep over.
Insist that friends stay over if they can’t drive. If they resist, clearly state your disapproval and support those who intervene. Persuasion is more effective as a group.
Sign a pact for life (PDF, 357 KB)This file does not meet Web accessibility standards. (available in French only) with your friends or family. In the pact, each person promises not to drive while impaired and offers their services to go and get the other person at any time.
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:
The police officer will assess whether it was possible for the person to drive the vehicle and whether he or she intended to drive.
Alcohol-free beer and wine is available. A simple Web search can let you find thousands of tasty and refreshing mocktail recipes. Think about it!
In terms of the law, the Act respecting offences relating to alcoholic beverages, the Act respecting liquor permits and the Civil Code of Québec set out penalties for a liquor permit holder who does not demonstrate responsible behaviour towards guests or customers who have had too much to drink.