Every day, thousands of people across North America make the critical decision, whether or not to drive their vehicle after having a few drinks. Many believe that they haven’t had enough to drink to warrant making the decision to use another means to get home. Or perhaps with some, the intoxication level is so high, that they are actually incapable of making the right decision. The failure is in the realization that the decision of whether to drive or not after drinking alcohol is one that needs to be made before the alcohol is consumed. The risk of drinking and driving is astronomical, from the financial costs, to injury, and most importantly, loss of life.
A recent tragedy occurred in a small Northern Ontario city where a 28-year-old woman was struck and killed on her bicycle by a pickup truck; the driver was so intoxicated that he was unable to walk straight when he exited the vehicle. The driver’s ability to make a good decision was hampered by inebriation, which is why the decision not to drive should have been made prior to the first sip. The man was charged with “impaired driving causing death”.
As we speak with our loved ones, friends, and coworkers, we should encourage making responsible decisions prior to having a drink, rather than leaving it up to their intoxicated self to do the right thing. Will you speak to them, forward this post to them, or start a discussion on your social media sites? These are the decisions you get to make, which could help someone from making the costliest decision in their lives. There are many options to avoid drinking and driving to ensure the safety of the driver as well as others on the road.
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