Police News – Advice for Proms
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.