Plan ahead for a safe holiday and name a designated driver

If you Drink Don't Drive - Plan ahead for a safe holiday and name a designated driver

Insurance Corporation of BC

Every year during the Christmas holidays, an average of 50 people are injured in 160 crashes in the Southern Interior.

As well, during New Year’s Eve, an average of 30 people are injured in 110 crashes in the Southern Interior.

That’s why police will continue to be out in full force at CounterAttack roadchecks across the province during the holidays. While attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed considerably over the years, an average of 95 lives are still lost each year and impaired driving remains a leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C.

Alcohol impacts a person’s judgment, reaction time, coordination and visual functions.

Behind the wheel that means it affects a driver’s ability to steer, track moving objects and control speed and lane position. No amount of coffee, food or fresh air can sober up an impaired person – the only cure is time.

Safe ride home

So ‘tis the season for some good cheer but make sure you plan ahead for a safe ride home if your festivities involve alcohol.

Here are ICBC’s tips to help everyone get home safe this holiday season.

• It’s all in the details. You’ve planned out who you’ll go to the party with, how you’ll get there and what you’ll wear, but have you also planned how you and your friends will safely get home?

Choose a designated driver before going out or keep money aside for a bus or taxi.

Operation Red Nose is also available in 13 communities to help get you and your car home.

• Is it your turn? Share the responsibility to help your friends and family get home safely – ask yourself if it’s your turn to be the designated driver.

• Take a stand. Never get in a car with an impaired driver. Ask to get out of the car if necessary. Take a stand and don’t let your loved ones get behind the wheel impaired.

• Be a good host. If you’re hosting a party, reward your designated drivers with some fun and easy-to-make mocktail treats, like a smooth Kootenay Koffee or a tingling Lemon Fizz.