Brampton Guardian
November 30, 2018

By MADD Canada

With the support of the public, our law enforcement partners, and Allstate Canada and other sponsors, MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders are spreading the sober driving message. – MADD Canada

The holiday season is here and social calendars are filling up with holiday parties and gatherings. Whether you’re attending a festive gathering, or hosting one yourself, MADD Canada has some simple tips and guidelines to help prevent impaired driving — whether by alcohol or cannabis — this holiday season.

Partygoers, if you’re making the rounds to holiday parties and are planning on drinking or consuming cannabis, eliminate the risk of getting behind the wheel altogether and plan a sober transportation option:

• Book an Uber

• Take a cab

• Take public transportation

• Arrange a designated driver

• Plan to spend the night.

As a party host, you have some responsibility for the safety of your guests. There are some simple precautions you can take to make sure you guests don’t drive under the influence of alcohol and/or cannabis:

• Have lots of food and non-alcohol/low alcohol beverages available.

• Serve drinks yourself so you can monitor how much your guests are consuming. Don’t serve alcohol to guests who are already intoxicated. Stop serving alcohol long before you expect the party to wind up.

• If guests are consuming cannabis, try to be aware of their consumption/impairment levels.

• Know how your guests are getting home and who is driving.

• If you have Uber in your area, download the app.

• Have taxi numbers available.

• Be prepared to have intoxicated guests spend the night at your house.

As always, if you see a driver you think is impaired, pull over safely, call 911 and alert the police. Try to give them as much information as you can: licence plate number; make, model and colour of the vehicle; and direction of travel.

Calling 911 to report an impaired driver could prevent a crash and save a life.

Learn more about MADD Canada’s activities on our website (madd.ca), or follow us on Twitter (@maddcanada) or Facebook (maddcanada.ca).