MADD Canada offers tips to New Year revelers

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

MADD Canada encourages ringing in New Year with a resolution to prevent impaired driving

Beacon Staff Reporter

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MADD Canada offers tips to New Years Eve imbibers and anyone serving them.

MADD Canada and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada are asking party hosts and party-goers alike to do their part to prevent impaired driving this New Year’s Eve.

“Regardless of what your plans are to welcome the New Year, everyone should do their part to eliminate the risk of impaired driving before they leave home,” said MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk.

“Ensuring a safe ride home for yourself or your guests takes just a few minutes and it can prevent a lifetime of pain and heartache.”

Whether you are going out to an event or club, or just attending a quiet celebration with family and friends, have a plan in place if you are going to be drinking:

Take a cab or bus or arrange for a designated driver, and never accept a ride from a driver who may be impaired.

If you are hosting a party, think about how you can ensure your guests don’t drive impaired:

Make sure you have food and non-alcoholic/low alcoholic beverages available.

Serve drinks yourself, rather than have guests serve themselves so you can monitor how much your guests have been drinking.

Don’t serve alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated, and be aware of how your guests are getting home and who is driving. It’s also good to have numbers available for taxi companies, and to be prepared to have intoxicated guests spend the night.

Stop serving alcohol long before you expect the party to break up.

Keep track of your own alcohol consumption. The more you drink, the more difficult it will be for you to anticipate problems, supervise the event and intervene to avoid potential problems.

Party hosts are legally responsible to do everything they reasonably can to stop people from driving impaired. For more information on social host liability and tips on safeguarding your guests, visit the “Legal Issues and Social Liability” section of the MADD Canada Resource Library at www.madd.ca.
MADD Canada and Allstate Canada are also encouraging motorists to be aware of other drivers and if they see any driver they suspect is impaired, call 911.

“Everyone can and should play a role in helping to protect our communities from impaired driving,” said John O’Donnell, President and CEO of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada.

“If we all work together, we can start 2013 off on the right foot – free of crashes, injuries and deaths caused by this terrible crime.”

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