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Help Keep Roads Safe This Holiday Season

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Help Keep Roads Safe This Holiday Season

Drive Alert and Sober or Plan a Safe Ride Home

Ministry of Transportation

Ring in the New Year and celebrate safely this holiday season by driving alert and sober, or planning for a safe ride home.

Ontario has some of the toughest distracted and impaired driving laws in Canada, but everyone can do more to help keep Ontario's roads safe. If you are going to drink, plan to ride with a designated driver, take public transit, or call a cab.

Even small amounts of alcohol, illegal drugs, and some prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair your judgement. The safest choice when driving is not to drink at all.

As you celebrate with your family and friends this holiday season, remember to never put yourself and others at risk by getting behind the wheel while you are impaired. When you are driving, put down the phone and focus on the road.

Quick Facts

  • According to the Office of the Chief Coroner, 39 per cent of drivers killed on Ontario’s roads in 2013 had either drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol in their system.
  • Distracted driving is a leading cause of collisions on Ontario roads. According to 2013 collision statistics, one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every 30 minutes.
  • Ontario had the lowest impaired driving offence rate in Canada. In 2015, there were 111 offences per 100,000 population, which is 44.7 per cent lower than the national average of 201 offences per 100,000 population.
  • It takes time to get your blood alcohol concentration back to zero after drinking. Coffee, food or physical exercise will not help you sober up faster.
  • Drivers caught talking, texting, typing, dialing or e-mailing using a hand-held cellphone and other hand-held communication and entertainment device face a fine of up to $1,000 and receive three demerit points upon conviction.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Steven Del Duca

“Even one impaired or distracted driver on our roads is one too many. Impaired or distracted driving is completely unacceptable and I urge everyone to find safe alternate ways to get home this holiday season. Appoint a designated driver, take public transit, call a cab or stay overnight and please call 911 if you suspect an impaired driver is on our roads.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

Media Contacts

  • Andrea Ernesaks

    Minister’s Office

    Andrea.Ernesaks@ontario.ca

  • Bob Nichols

    Communications Branch

    416-327-1158

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