Giving drivers and parents tools to help stop impaired driving

The holiday season is in full swing and with Christmas now behind us, we all have an opportunity to take a few days to relax and enjoy some quality time with our friends and family. This season brings about many gatherings and as New Year’s Eve approaches I would like to remind everyone to please plan ahead for a safe ride home while enjoying the holiday festivities.impaired_driving_keys

Ensuring our roads are safe is just one of Halton’s commitments to community safety. Halton is the safest place to live in the GTA and the safest municipality in Canada, yet impaired driving remains Canada’s number one criminal cause of death.

Working together, we can help stop impaired driving. To help residents plan ahead for a safe ride home while enjoying the holiday festivities, Halton Region, in partnership with the Halton Regional Police Service, developed Halton-specific webpages at www.halton.ca/impaired. These pages provide drivers with the information they need to plan for a safe ride home, report suspected impaired drivers, inform teens about impaired driving and more. There is also an impactful video testimony that shows the devastating effects drinking and driving recently had on one Halton family. 

Road safety is a top priority for Halton Regional Council. We want Halton drivers to feel safe on our roads. By partnering with the Halton Regional Police Service and Halton motorists, we’re working together to make sure this holiday season is a safe one for everyone.

We need to work together. Having your eyes on the road is key to help keep impaired drivers off of them. Through the Halton Drive SAFE program and its Safe Roads… Your Call campaign, you’ll see signs throughout the Region reminding you to call 911 if you see a suspected impaired driver on the roads. Your call could save someone’s life.Safe_Roads_Sign

In addition, if you witness dangerous drivers, you can report them through the Road Watch Program. This is a community driven program encouraging anonymous reporting of incidents involving dangerous and/or aggressive driving. Reports can be made by completing an online form at www.haltonroadwatch.ca.

This holiday season, help us keep our roads safe while ensuring that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire as we move into 2014.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”