10 Possible Signs of an Impaired Driver
- Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
- Drifting in and out of lanes
- Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
- Making exceptionally wide turns
- Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
- Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
- Disregarding signals and lights
- Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
- Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
- Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather
ALWAYS MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM ANY DRIVER YOU SUSPECT MIGHT BE IMPAIRED. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEATBELT.
What To Do If You Observe a Potential Impaired Driver
- Call 911 (If you are driving, pull over first if you can safely do so)
- State your location
- Vehicle description
- Licence plate number of vehicle
- Colour of vehicle
- Make and model of vehicle
- Direction of travel for the vehicle
- Description of driver
- Please observe all safety rules
- Keep your distance from the impaired driver
- Wear your seatbelt
- Use extreme caution when using a cellular phone to call 911; if you are driving, pull over first if you can safely do so
- Police officers are trained specialists, let them do their job
- Never try to apprehend the impaired driver yourself
Thanks to our Campaign 911 Sponsors
MADD Canada is pleased to recognize the generous National Sponsors whose contributions and support are helping to ensure the life-saving Campaign 911 message reaches more and more Canadians.
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited
Impaired Boating IS Impaired Driving
MADD Canada’s Campaign 911 program is on lakes and waterways, reminding everyone that operating a boat while impaired is just as dangerous – and just as illegal – as driving while impaired.
Alcohol is a factor in about 40% of the estimated 150 recreational boating fatalities that occur in Canada each year.
Alcohol diminishes judgment, reduces motor skills and balance, slows reaction times, reduces depth perception, and accelerates hypothermia. Trying to operate a boat while impaired endangers the operator, passengers and other boaters on the water.
Despite the risks, 37% of boaters admit to consuming alcohol every time they boat, and 66% say they drink alcohol sometimes when boating.
With financial contribution from Transport Canada, and working with local and regional police, government, boat clubs and marinas, MADD Canada has produced and installed more than 900 “Report Impaired Boaters” signs at harbours, marinas and boat launches across the country.
MADD Canada is pleased to announce receipt of new funding from Transport Canada and its Boating Safety Contribution Program to further enhance the Campaign 911 program for the boating community over the next three years. With the funding, MADD Canada will install an additional 425 “Report Impaired Boaters” signs, create new awareness materials including a new television public service announcement, and conduct a survey of boaters to explore attitudes and behaviours about operating a vessel after drinking.
Generally, boaters who are impaired are more likely to go too fast for the waterway, operate vessels in a dangerous or careless manner, forget to turn on running lights or other required night-time equipment, or openly consume alcohol while underway.
Anyone who sees a boater they think is impaired can call 911 or their local police marine unit. Try to have the boat licence number, name and description of the boat, the direction of travel and any location information or specific landmarks.
MADD Canada asks all boaters to be safe – keep the alcohol away until you are docked for the day.
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