Only Rudolph should be driving with a red nose
If you plan on celebrating during the festive season with a few drinks, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and the Ontario Safety League have a great program in place to prevent drinking and driving and get both you and your car home safely.
The program, dubbed ‘Operation Red Nose’ is available in select cities throughout Ontario, Alberta and the Maritimes, Thursday through Sunday during the month of December.
All you have to do is visit www.ibc.ca/en/Operation_Red_Nose/need_a_ride.aspand call the number for your city. Three volunteers will come out to drive you and your car home.
According to the IBC, about 7,400 people were driven home last year, and data indicated that in the Ontario communities where the program ran last year, no impaired driving accidents took place on the evenings when people were driven home.
InsuranceHotline.com’s v.p. Marketing and Media relations, Stephanie Lewis, a broker with 18 years experience, applauds this service and its volunteers: “Drunk drivers kill four Canadians every day and impact the lives of 70,000 every year. And an impaired driving conviction will impact your insurance rates for six years, even if the charge only stays on your driving record for three years.”
“People try to determine their own blood alcohol level test in their head by comparing their drinks to their body weight,” cautions InsuranceHotline.com president Lee Romanov. “Mental math is hard enough, but while you’re under the influence it’s impossible to determine if you’re sober enough to drive.”
To emphasize the danger of mixing alcohol with driving, the Ontario Provincial Police wants to remind you the OPP will team up with police services across the province for the annual R.I.D.E (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign.
Last year, during the five-week OPP R.I.D.E. program, officers stopped 576,875 vehicles at roadside checkpoints; 278 people were charged with alcohol-related offences.
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