EDITORIAL: Make healthy travel choices

Even one preventable alcohol-related car crash too many this holiday season

The holiday lights are up, casting a warm glow over the streets and sidewalks of the West Shore and inspiring us all to enjoy the best of this Christmas season.

But there are another series of lights we see this time of year that don’t carry such a happy message.

The flashing lights of police cruisers and emergency vehicles serve as an unfortunate reminder that all too many holiday celebrations end in tragedy.

Police on the West Shore and across the province are in the midst of their annual Christmas CounterAttack campaigns, targeting impaired drivers in an effort to keep the roads safe.

The consequences of a single bad choice can haunt you for the rest of your life.

And those bad choices add up to thousands of injuries and dozens of deaths each year as a result of alcohol-related crashes in B.C. The good news is the numbers are decreasing, with the number of fatalities down significantly from just a few years ago.

But there is no acceptable level of carnage on B.C. roads. Each and every one of those crashes represents a tragedy for someone’s family, and the saddest part is that they could all have been easily avoided.

There’s just no reason to take chances with your own or your neighbour’s safety. And don’t kid yourself, if you’ve had too much to drink, no amount of coffee, food or fresh air will make you sober.

So when you’re celebrating the season this year, make sure those celebrations include planning for a safe ride home. Arrange for a designated driver, call a taxi, plan to stay over with friends – anything it takes to prevent adding to the crashes on B.C. roads, not to mention the potential loss of your driver’s licence.

Think of the victims, think of the potential consequences, think of what you would have to tell your family – just please think, and let us all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

Just Posted

Premier John Horgan announces improvements to Highway 14

Construction on the $10 million project is set to begin immediately

Upgrades to Millstream overpass to begin Feb. 1

Project includes addition of left hand turn lane onto highway to Victoria

Victoria Grizzlies look to continue hot steak

Team hits the road this weekend before Family Fun Night

Victoria wins crucial WHL contest over Giants in Langley

Royals take over second in B.C. Division ahead of Vancouver

Man hospitalized after early morning Sooke Road crash

Police say injuries are non life-threatening

Monster trucks invade Victoria

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour stops at Save-On Foods Memorial Centre this weekend

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

LETTER: The sewage spiral continues in Greater Victoria

My left brain has been trying to digest the news and comments… Continue reading

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

Renowned Comox Valley sasquatch researcher passes away

A renowned biologist and leading Canadian sasquatch researcher who called the Comox… Continue reading

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read