Get Thirsty for Change – Drive Sober

In Canada, impaired driving claims between 1250 and 1500 lives, and is responsible for 64,000 injuries per year. This epidemic is snuffing out the lives of innocent people of all ages, but the amount of deaths is particularly concentrated for youth, with 45% of all youth crashes found to be alcohol-related, and 1 of every 3 car crash deaths being due to alcohol. So what do all these frightening figures add up to? You don’t need to be a math whiz to be able to see that despite all of the advertising campaigns to counter it, impaired driving is still a major problem in Canada – a problem that every single person with a driver’s license has a duty to address and overcome.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an charitable organization staffed by volunteers. Tackling every aspect of the issue, from victim support and public awareness, to lobbying the government for stronger legislation, MADD is committed to the goal of eradicating impaired driving on our roads. But they can’t do it alone.

Aside from taking the pledge, what can you do? Make sure you arrange to have a designated driver at events where you plan to be drinking. Trade off with your friends – you’d be surprised how comfortable people are taking turns when the safety of themselves, their friends, and their family is at stake. Don’t let your friends drive if they’ve had too many – call a cab. These are easy to come by if you are urban-centric, and just a short wait in most towns.

If you drive, or even know someone who does, impaired driving is your problem. Let’s get thirsty for change. Drive Sober.

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