Impaired Drivers Simply Suck!


Booze CruiseTHUNDER BAY – With all the options to get home after a night out, it is simply sad that despite all the education there are still far too many incidents of impaired drivers. The issue is not one found just in Thunder Bay. However our community has seen several incidents where the Thunder Bay Police Service have made arrests for impaired driving.

People have been killed or injured during this holiday season, by individuals who have ended up being charged with impaired driving.

Perhaps the concept that if you want to drink, then you can afford to pay for a cab to get home should be reinforced more. For those party goers who wished, Operation Red Nose offered a great way home – Tonight (Boxing Day) is the last day that this excellent service runs in our city.

Perhaps if more residents express an interest and get involved, next year the program can also run longer next year. The Honourary President of this worthwhile cause is Ken Boshcoff. Maybe right now, is a time to start thinking about how you can get involved in this project next year. Call Operation Red Nose at 344-NOSE and make a difference, or call 345-1712.

The next big party of course is New Year’s Eve. For many people, the idea that one must start the New Year with a killer hangover is one that honestly escapes me, but I digress.

The massive pain, sorrow and impact on the lives of others that impaired drivers can cause seems to be something that escapes me, and seems to escape those individuals who insist on jumping behind the wheel of their vehicles to drive under the influence.

The idea of taking responsibility for the choices one makes is important. When it comes to New Year’s Eve, make plans to have a designated driver, take a cab, ride the bus, walk, or decide not to drink.

The choices you make to ensure your safety, and that of others is one that will make a difference.

James Murray

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