Do the right thing this holiday weekend: plan a safe ride home



    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - "Plan a safe ride home this holiday weekend" -
warns Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving (OCCID) on the eve of new
federal legislation (Bill C2) to fight impaired driving. In addition, OCCID
reminds drivers that the consequences for impaired driving in Ontario are
significant and that in a typical simple scenario, a driver or boat operator
charged with "over .08" this long weekend will not have a regular valid
licence until about Labour Day of 2010. Other consequences include: fines,
fees, legal costs and increased insurance premiums totaling a minimum of
$20,000; a criminal record; and possibly a change in workplace status if your
job requires a valid licence.
    "Passing and enacting legislation is a solid starting point" according to
OCCID Executive Director Anne Leonard, "making sure the public becomes aware
of consequences is equally vital". OCCID surveys for the last seven years have
found that a majority of the public are unaware of legislation including: the
costs and consequences for impaired driving; the ignition interlock program
and other reinstatement conditions; and a maximum sentence of life in prison
for those convicted of impaired driving causing death.
    Since 1998 OCCID has used the Arrive Alive Passport to Safety to raise
awareness of impaired driving legislation and prevention strategies and will
endeavor to continue to do so in support of new measures brought in through
Bill C2.

    OCCID has hosted arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) in Ontario for the last 20
years and is the new home for another very well established program in Canada:
Operation Lookout(R).

    Visit www.arrivealive.org for more information.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Anne Leonard, (416) 578-4829


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