Driving under the influence
Drinking while behind the wheel constitutes one of the leading causes of accidents in Quebec. From 2003 to 2006, intoxication was responsible for 200 deaths, 600 serious injuries and 2300 minor injuries.
To counter the problem of driving while intoxicated, the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) carries out public awareness and control activities on a regular basis.
The SPVM also supports Operation Red Nose each year, by checking the nearly 2500 registration forms of volunteers who then offer safe driving services.
In spite of these and other public awareness campaigns carried out by the SAAQ, many drivers still underestimate the effects of alcohol, and get behind the wheel after drinking.
The legal consequences are severe when a person is guilty of impaired driving, and taking the necessary measures to return safely home represents the best way to avoid them!
Also, many people perpetuate the myths related to alcohol and driving. They think, for example, that they cannot be stopped if their blood alcohol level is below the legal limit of .08.
To find out more :
Zero Alcohol for Drivers Age 21 or Younger - SAAQ
Operation Red Nose
Driving while Intoxicated - SAAQ
Drugs and driving - SAAQ