From: Quinte Region Traffic Coalition
Hastings and Prince Edward Counties / December 21, 2017 - The holiday season often means parties and get-togethers with family and friends. Alcohol is often part of the festivities. The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is urging everyone to drive sober to protect yourself, your future, and your loved ones.
To help achieve this, residents are encouraged to plan ahead and follow these tips to avoid drinking and driving over the holidays and all year long:
- Take public transit, have a designated driver, call a cab, check to see if your community has a designated driver program such as Operation Red Nose, or stay overnight.
- Do not go home with a driver who has been drinking. A designated driver is someone who has had zero to drink, not the least to drink.
- If someone is about to drink and drive, be prepared to speak up. Ask for their car keys, invite them to stay overnight, or make arrangements for them to get home safe.
- Have cash and phone numbers ready for taxis.
- If you suspect a driver is impaired, call 911.
“If you know you will be drinking or your festivities will involve alcohol, these tips can help ensure all residents in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will have a safe holiday season,” says Constable Dave Ludington of Quinte West OPP.
For those who need an extra reminder, members of the QRTC will be conducting Festive R.I.D.E. checks on roads in town, on highway on-ramps, and back roads throughout the region to help stop impaired drivers.
The QRTC would like to remind the public to call 911 if they suspect that a driver is impaired. While callers should be prepared to provide police with the location and a description of the vehicle and driver, they are not required to provide their name to police.
About the QRTC
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West OPP Detachments. The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
For more information, contact: Constable Dave Ludington Quinte West OPP QRTC Media Spokesperson 613-392-3561