Hi, I’m Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
This week is National Impaired Driving Prevention Week.
It’s an opportunity to remind everyone of the grave dangers of impaired driving.
Such a reminder should not be needed in 2020.
But the fact is that far too many Canadians continue to get behind the wheel when they’re in no shape to do so.
When they make that choice, they are committing a crime and putting not only their own lives at risk, but also those of their passengers and other people sharing the road.
I spent many years in law enforcement in Ontario.
Over the course of my career, I saw first-hand the sad, horrific and entirely preventable consequences of impaired driving.
It kills four people, on average, every single day in Canada.
Thousands more are injured every year.
So my message to you is simple:
If you are high…
Or you’ve been drinking…
Or you feel overly tired…
Find a different way to get where you need to go.
Whatever you do, don’t drive.
Together, we can stop impaired driving, make our roads safer, and, ultimately, save lives.