Drink and Drive

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Drink and Drive

By | March 2012
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Problem-Solution: Drinking and driving

Alcohol is one of the main causes of fatal accidents in Quebec. From 2005 to 2009, 31% of fatalities, 16% of serious injuries and 5% of minor injuries were related to alcohol. Many occurs during festivals or week-end and are du to the well-developed nightlife in Montreal and the early drinking age. Moreover, a large proportion of these statistics include young people who do not necessarily have the required maturity to be given such freedom. Therefore, something has to be done to decrease these statistics and prevent people from taking their car under the influence of alcohol. One solution that has been successful was Operation Red Nose that is increasingly used by the population. This service will pick people at bars and will not only gives the client a ride home but also bring his car. This year, they did about 63 000 rides home in Quebec which is 6.6% more than in 2010. Therefore, this organisation is becoming a trusting way of returning home since people do not need to worry about leaving their car in Montreal for the rest of the night. However, one limitation of this operation is that it occurs only during Christmas holidays. The benefits of this program would be increase if it were extended to cover other festivities of the year such as spring break, end of class and St-Jean-Baptist. As a result, people would have an easy and inexpensive way to get back home without having to leave the clubs at midnight to catch the last bus or metro and without taking their car. Sources:

- http://operationnezrouge.com
- http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2012/01/03/004-bilan-2011-operation-nez- rouge.shtml - http://www.saaq.gouv.qc.ca/prevention/alcool/