MADD London, local police, and the LTC are all doing their part to make sure your New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t end in tragedy.
RIDE checks will be set up throughout the city as police crackdown on impaired driving, while the LTC will be offering free service from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve.
MADD London, meantime, continues its Red Ribbon awareness campaign, which began in November and runs until January 4th.
“Impaired driving is completely preventable. It is your choice to not impaired drive. We hope that through education, through our consistent messaging, and through our commitment to the community and involvement that we have that you will not make the wrong choice,” says spokesperson Sean Dechene.
“Know your limits, make sure you have a safe ride home. Make sure to have fun responsibly. We just want everyone to get to and from the locations in which you are celebrating this event safely.”
According to MADD, more than 1,250 people are killed and 63,000 are injured in impairment-related crashes every year in Canada. London saw a spike in impaired driving cases in November, with 11 cases over the course of a week, including a fatal crash.
MADD Canada has also posted a list of tips for revelers and their hosts.
“If you’re at a house party or you’re hosting one, collect everybody’s keys. Making sure that nobody is driving home. Secure them in an area that they cannot access,” Dechene tells AM980.
“Just making sure as a host that everybody makes it home safe. There’s also cab companies, designated driver companies – make sure everyone has a plan to get home safely.”
As for party-goers, MADD recommends taking a cab or public transit, arranging for a designated driver, or spending the night.