Po­lice News – Ad­vice for Proms

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again, the Sureté du Que­bec is re­mind­ing stu­dents and grad­u­ates to be­have re­spon­si­bly so they may ar­rive at their prom and ar­rive home af­ter it safely. Young peo­ple who have a high limit of al­co­hol in their sys­tem have a much higher chance of hav­ing a fa­tal car crash than older peo­ple who have been drink­ing be­cause they are less used to the ef­fects of al­co­hol and they un­der­es­ti­mate their own lev­els of al­co­hol (they don’t re­al­ize how drunk they are).

Prom go­ers should fol­low these im­por­tant rules: buckle up their seat­belts; don’t drive if you are un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol; don’t get into the ve­hi­cle of some­one who has been drink­ing and en­cour­age them not to drive.

Par­ents and their teenagers should make a ‘driv­ing around’ plan be­fore the prom so they can ar­rive at their des­ti­na­tions and, fi­nally, at home in safety.

Re­mem­ber that all driv­ers less than 22 years old can­not drive af­ter con­sum­ing any amount of al­co­hol un­der the ‘zero tol­er­ance for al­co­hol’ mea­sure. Although driv­ers aged be­tween 16 and 24 hold only 10% of Que­bec driver’s li­censes, they were in­volved in 25% of the col­li­sions with bod­ily harm, in 2009.

Op­er­a­tion Seat­belt From June 15th to the 21st the SQ will be on the look-out for peo­ple not wear­ing their seat­belts, pas­sen­gers in­cluded. Wear­ing a seat­belt re­duces by half the risk of be­ing killed or badly hurt in a col­li­sion. Also, if ev­ery­one in cars wore seat­belts, we would avoid an av­er­age of 40 deaths and 95 in­juries yearly.

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