December 31, 2010, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
This story appeared in the Waterloo Region Record on December 31, 2010. It is very unfortunate to read that almost 25% of drivers still continue to drive even after believing that they have had too much to drink and their abiliy to drive is impaird.
Nearly one-quarter of Canadians have gotten behind the wheel in the last year believing they have had too much to drink.
That’s the finding of a poll taken by the Canadian Automobile Association.
“I was quite surprised” with the poll’s results, said Sandra Henderson, president of Waterloo Region chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
She said in the 18 years she has been involved with MADD, she has “definitely” seen a change in attitude and behaviour toward drinking and driving, especially among young people.
“In general, talking to the kids, I think they have really gotten the message. It is much, much better,” Henderson said.
She said chronic impaired drivers tend to be between the ages of 35 and 50.
“They seem to be the ones who tend to be the problem. They don’t care,” Henderson said.
Eighteen years ago, when she first started to go to schools and shopping malls to talk about the dangers of driving impaired, few knew about MADD, she said.
Today, “they know who we are and they know they shouldn’t drink and drive,” Henderson said.
Among the findings of the CAA poll of 2,000 Canadians, considered accurate to within 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20:
98 per cent of the respondents said drinking and driving is unacceptable, while 92 per cent said it was completely unacceptable
despite this strong opposition to drinking and driving, 24 per cent admitted that in the past year they drove when their blood alcohol level was above or close to the legal limit
28 per cent said they have driven after having a drink
Meanwhile, both Waterloo Regional Police and the OPP will be conducting roadside spot checks to nab impaired drivers during New Year’s Eve