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CAA Survey Takes A Sober Look At Drinking And Driving

Manitobans don’t always make the right decision when it comes to drinking and driving, according to a new CAA study.

CAA’s Traffic Safety Culture survey has found 35 per cent of those questioned admitted to driving after they had been drinking “at least once” in the past year.

Twenty per cent say they have driven in the last 12 months when they believed they were at or over the legal limit. Of the 20 per cent: six per cent said they did it “just once” and 14 per cent answered “rarely” when they thought they were close to or over the legal limit.

This in spite of the fact that 98 per cent of Manitobans say it is socially unacceptable for a driver to get behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink.

“With everything we know and have seen about what can happen when you drink and drive, people are still taking chances,” said Liz Peters, CAA Manitoba public and government affairs manager. “People tell us they know it’s unacceptable to drink and drive, but these poll results tell us their actions contradict what people believe to be acceptable.”

Peters said the holiday season is barely underway, so CAA is urging everyone to make smart decisions.

“Plan ahead for a designated driver, call a cab, take public transit or call CAA and use our ‘Drive You Home’ Service. Whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.”

The CAA study surveyed 2,000 Canadians, of those 400 were from Manitoba.

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