Doctors encourage safe driving over holiday season

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The holiday season is upon us and our social calendars are filling up quickly. With so much to celebrate during this time of year doctors remind you to celebrate responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Many holiday celebrations include the consumption of alcohol. If you are planning on consuming alcohol, plan ahead for a ride home.

Drinking and driving is a choice that often leads to serious and sometimes fatal outcomes. Simply put, alcohol-related collisions are preventable tragedies. Being responsible is about being prepared. Having a designated driver established before you leave your house is the best way to prevent drinking and driving.

Getting home responsibly can mean designating a sober driver before you leave the house or taking a taxi or public transit.

If you are hosting a holiday party this year, take responsibility for the safety of your guests. Make sure that no one is driving while under the influence and that everyone has a sober ride home.

Impaired driving is still the number-one cause of criminal death in Canada. Physicians in the province urge Nova Scotians to celebrate responsibly this holiday season.

Mike Fleming, BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP

, Doctors Nova Scotia

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotians, Nova Scotia

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