EDITORIAL: If you see drunk driving, then report it

Everyone can be part of the solution to end the scourge of impaired driving IN OUR COMMUNITY

Summer is in full swing, the patios are packed with people enjoying a cold one and backyard barbecues and picnics abound.

Unfortunately, summer holidays, sunshine and high temperatures can combine to concoct a deadly cocktail of people drinking and driving.

RCMP, ICBC and other police agencies launched another Counter Attack program earlier this month to try and put a dent in the carnage resulting from people continuing to drink and drive.

Sooke RCMP kicked off its summer Counter Attack program with a roadblock at Grant Road on July 3. No drunk drivers were caught, but we all need to do our part to end drunk driving.

Only a concerted effort will drive the message home that we need to put the brakes on drinking and driving for good.

If you know your circumstances may include a couple of drinks, take the time to arrange a ride home or ensure you have a designated driver.

It’s much easier to take the time and plan ahead, compared to what you will deal with if you drink and get behind the wheel. It can save your life, the lives of those you love or the lives of innocent others.

One bad decision can leave scars that never heal and a trail of shattered lives ruined by a booze-fuelled lapse in judgment.

You can be part of the solution by letting the police know if you see someone who is drinking and driving.

While programs like drinking and driving Counter Attack and media coverage have resulted in a reduction in impaired driving offences, the sad reality is there are still people out there who just don’t get it.

So please, enjoy your summer and help spread the word that if you are foolish enough to drink and drive, there are more and more people out there watching with an eye on getting you arrested and off the road.

 

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