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Ring In The New Year And Have A Safe Ride Home

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Ring In The New Year And Have A Safe Ride Home

McGuinty Government Reminds Ontarians Not To Drink And Drive

Ministry of Transportation

To help Ontarians have a safe and memorable New Year's Eve, all drivers are reminded to plan ahead for a safe ride home and never drive impaired.  

Even small amounts of alcohol, some prescription drugs and illegal substances can impair a driver's ability, putting themselves and others at risk. To help keep roads safe for all Ontarians, the province has implemented a number of tough impaired driving laws and penalties.

In many communities across the province, public transit is free on New Year's Eve, including GO Transit and TTC in the Toronto area, OC Transpo in Ottawa, London Transit Commission and Greater Sudbury Transit. Operation Red Nose volunteers may also be available in your community to give you a ride home.

To get home safely, drivers are reminded to plan ahead, take public transit, call a cab, ride with a designated driver or stay overnight.

Quick Facts

  • About one-quarter of all fatalities on Ontario roads are alcohol-related.
  • Annually, Ontario issues approximately 17,000 licence suspensions related to driving with a blood alcohol concentration over .08 or for failing/refusing to provide a breath sample.
  • In 2007, impaired driving claimed 204 lives in Ontario.
  • Motor vehicle collisions involving impaired drivers cost Ontario $3.6 billion annually in social and health care costs.

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“Our tough laws, public education campaigns and enforcement activities are working, but we need everyone to get the message. We all have a responsibility to end impaired driving in Ontario. This New Year's Eve, make sure your plans include a safe ride home.”

Kathleen Wynne

Transportation Minister

“As we ring in a New Year, MADD Canada encourages everyone to put safe and sober driving at the top of their resolutions list. If you are drinking, put the keys away and arrange an alternate way home. Don't let friends or loved ones drive impaired, and if you spot a driver you suspect is impaired, call 9-1-1. We can all make our roads safer this New Year's Eve and all year round by taking a stand against impaired driving.”

Denise Dubyk

MADD Canada National President

“This holiday season, plan a safe ride home for yourself, your family and your guests. Visit www.arrivealive.org for some party smart tips or to request materials. Arrive alive DRIVE SOBER is sharing 25,000 home hosting kits across Ontario and new PSAs that remind drivers and party hosts to plan ahead.”

Anne Leonard

Executive Director, arrive alive DRIVE SOBER

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