Editorial: Do we really have to say it?

Plenty of ways to get home this holiday season that don't involve drinking and driving

December is upon us, which means Langley is already two weeks into the Christmas party season. And it’s only going to get busier.

Of course it should go without saying, but somehow, it never does.

Don’t drink and drive.

It’s a pretty simple, straight forward message, and not one that is all that difficult to abide by.

But of course, not everybody will. And police will no doubt hear the usual litany of worn-out excuses as they set up seasonal checkstops each weekend from now until the New Year.

The truth is, there is no valid excuse for getting behind the wheel when you’ve been drinking.

If you’re too frugal to take a taxi, get a group together and rent a limo. Or if you can find a friend who’s willing to take one for the team, designate them to be your driver. (But be sure to buy them something nice as a thank you — it’s the season of giving, after all).

Then there’s what we consider the obvious solution: book a ride with Operation Red Nose.

The whole reason for teams of volunteers to be out on the roads until the wee hours of the morning every weekend is to keep drinking drivers off them and, in the process, keep everyone else that much safer.

You get a ride home and, as an added bonus, your vehicle comes with you, so there’s no need to wander around in a haze the next morning, trying to figure out where you might have left it.

It’s hard to believe that with all the available alternatives, people still choose to drink and get behind the wheel. But they do, and ICBC has the sobering statistics to prove it.

During the month of December, an average of four people are killed in impaired related crashes every year in B.C. and, on average, 23 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving in the Lower Mainland every year.

Those numbers are as unimpressive as they are unnecessary.

Langley Times