Thursday, December 29, 2011

Smart alternative to drinking and driving in Canada were just posted on

Rather than wonder if it's okay to drive when you've had some alcohol, take other measures. The best course of action is either to put a completely sober driver behind the wheel, or spend the night wherever you are.

 If you know you’re going to be drinking at your destination, leave the car at home and find another way to get to the party. That way, you won’t be tempted to try to get your vehicle home.

Across Canada

Operation Red Nose – This service operates in select communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Find your community on its website and carry the phone number with you when you go out. When you call, a team of volunteers will come to you – whether you’re at a bar or a private party – and will drive both you and your vehicle either to your home, or to your final destination for the night. It’s free, but if you give a donation, it will go to a local charity.

Taxi Guy – Call one number – 1-888-TAXIGUY – and you’re connected to a national network of 425 taxicab companies, for a total of 17,500 cabs in over 700 cities and towns. You can buy “Taxi Dollars” through the website that you can tuck in your wallet for emergencies or give as gifts, redeemable only for cab fare. Smartphone apps are available through the website.

#TAXI – Use your cell phone to call #TAXI – that’s #-8-2-9-4 – anywhere in Canada, give your location, and you’ll be immediately connected to either the first available taxi company or one of your choice in the area. There are smartphone applications available through the website, too.

Arrive Alive – An iPhone app that lets you enter people you can call to get you home, your favourite taxi company, or a direct line to Taxi Guy. Get it through iTunes. Visit for tips on hosting a party and getting your guests home safely.

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