As college students and other postsecondary students return to school, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reminds young adults of the importance of making safe decisions and not driving in trouble.
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According to the SGI, 32 percent of all drivers involved in drunk driving crashes in the province in 2020 were between the ages of 18 and 25.
In its September Traffic Spotlight on drunk driving, SGI shares the story of Amy Kaufmann and her brother, Tanner.
Tanner lost his life in 2016 when he was hit by a drunk driver while pulling up on the side of the road.
“This was not an accident that killed Tanner. A drunk driver made the decision to get into a vehicle and drive. That selfish decision put others in danger and cost my brother his life, ”Amy said in a press release.
SGI suggests that people plan a safe trip home before going out to socialize.
“Making decisions once you are affected can be difficult, especially when you are in a new community or with new people,” SGI stated in the statement.
“Arrange for your group to have a designated driver, leave your vehicle at home, and make a plan to take a taxi, carpool, or designated driving service.”
SGI also has an app called the Safe Ride App that can tell people what services are available in their community and save a list of designated drivers to call if necessary.
“If you make those good decisions beforehand, you will not be in that position (of drunk driving),” SGI spokesman Tyler McMurchy said at an event Thursday morning.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to preventing drunk driving, and if you see that someone is going to make a decision that could be one they would regret, it is up to all of us to stop drunk driving. ”, He added.
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SGI will share more tips and consequences of drunk driving on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook throughout the month.
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