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Impaired Driving: A Deadly Lesson for Young Drivers

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Published on Dec 2, 2010

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Young and newly licensed drivers are also especially vulnerable to "Drugging and Driving" during the holidays.

At a time when the incidence of impaired driving due to prescription and illegal drug use is on the rise, many young and newly licensed drivers will be spending their first holiday season on the road, vulnerable to the temptations of over-indulgence. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada has created the Home for the Holidays program to educate these young drivers in particular about the breadth of consequences that will ensue should they decide to drive while impaired.

"Drugging and Driving" facts * In 2006, drug use while driving was estimated to be a factor in over 13 per cent of traffic fatalities in Canada. * In fact, a study of fatal car crashes in Canada from 2000--2007 showed that more drivers who were 18 or under had drugs in their system as opposed to alcohol (30.4 per cent vs. 29.6 per cent). * More than 60 per cent of those who use illegal drugs are between 15--24 years old, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse in Ottawa.


The non-fatal consequences of impaired driving
Consequences if a young driver tests positive for alcohol or drugs at a roadside stop: * Automatic licence suspension for 90 days; * Charged under section 253a of the Criminal Code of Canada — operating a vehicle while impaired.

Consequences if a young driver is convicted of impaired driving: * Fined a minimum of $600; * Licence suspension for a minimum of one year; * Ineligible to buy car insurance from a standard insurer for three years and will have to buy from a very expensive high-risk insurer; * Damage to a young driver's reputation, as an impaired driving conviction could follow them for the rest of their life, potentially damaging their chances at future employment; * Explain their reckless behavior to their friends and family.


As part of its commitment to keep Canada's roads and communities safe, Allstate Canada is a proud sponsor of MADD Canada's Project Red Ribbon campaign. Allstate Canada encourages members of every community to visit their local Allstate Agency to pick up a MADD Canada Red Ribbon in support of sober driving this holiday season. Drivers who display the red ribbon on their car, are making a personal commitment to drive sober this December and throughout the year. For more information about impaired driving, visit goodhandsadvice.ca.

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