Thornhill, Ontario – Ontario drivers don’t always make the right decision when it comes to alcohol consumption, according to a new study by CAA. The Traffic Safety Culture survey found that 27 per cent of those questioned admitted to driving under the influence at least once in the past year.
A further 18 per cent said they had driven when they believed they had been at or over the legal limit in the last 12 months. Of those, seven per cent said they did it “just once,” ten per cent answered “rarely,” and one per cent said they had driven “fairly often” under the circumstances.
Despite this, 97 per cent of Ontario drivers surveyed said it is socially unacceptable for someone to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink.
“In this day and age, not only it is unacceptable to drink and drive, it is also unacceptable to let anyone you know that has been drinking drive,” said Silvana Aceto, media and PR specialist for CAA South Central Ontario. “The holiday season is full of office parties and get-togethers with loved ones, and the chance of tying one on and driving is much higher. This is why CAA is urging drivers to plan ahead, arrange for a designated driver, call a cab, take public transit or stay overnight. Whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.”