FREDERICTON (GNB) – Impaired driving during the holidays, or at any time of the year, puts at risk all those travelling the province’s highways.

“It is important to plan ahead and arrange for a safe ride home,” Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry said. “Take public transit, call a cab, ride with a designated driver or stay overnight. Let us keep our roads and highways safe for all New Brunswickers during the holidays.”

Impaired driving comes in many forms, alcohol, drugs (including over-the-counter, prescription and illegal), distraction, and fatigue. Crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. About four people are killed every day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs.

Anyone convicted of impaired driving faces a minimum $1,000 fine and will have their licence suspended.

“As we do throughout the year, we will be conducting many impaired driving blitzes and random check stops over the holidays,” said Assistant Commissioner Larry Tremblay, commanding officer of the RCMP in New Brunswick. “We want impaired drivers off the road and you can help. If you suspect an impaired driver, call 9-1-1.”

Having a safe way to get home after a festive night out means you never get behind the wheel impaired and avoid putting yourself and others at risk.

The following are ways you can help make New Brunswick roads safer during the holiday season.

  • Give someone a ride. Volunteering to be a designated driver costs almost nothing and it can save lives.
  • It is best to make plans for a way home before you go out. If you do end up enjoying a spontaneous holiday celebration with alcohol, do not risk driving. Hire a taxi, take the bus, or carpool with a designated driver.
  • If you see a driver you suspect is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, report it to police. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.

“I wish all New Brunswickers a safe and joyous holiday season and a prosperous 2018,” said Landry.