OUR VIEW: Merry time is not worth the risk
WE SAY: IT'S a message we've heard so many times: drinking or drug taking and driving kills.
Surely all motorists (and cyclists) know the risks associated with this deadly behaviour.
And not just by education - but even by having lost some of our friends and family. Impaired driving, whether it is behind the controls of a car or a bike, is dangerous to both driver and anyone near them.
Yet people still do it.
Could it possibly be that this message, having been repeated so many times in an effort to drum it into our consciousness, is losing its impact?
Or could it be that basic human nature, as often displayed when under the influence, is really not all that bright?
It's shocking and maddening to hear former police officer Garry Church say that more people are drink-driving now than there were 12 years ago.
It's hard to fathom, considering the stakes are so high and have been that way since we began drinking (or drugging) and driving.
Embrace the spirit of this merry time - plan ahead and know before you've had even a drop, you've made the right decision to know you'll still be with family and friends to do it all the right way again next year.