An Unusual Long Weekend, With The Usual Advice

Now in their 32nd year, arrive alive DRIVE SOBER continues to remind Canadians that impaired driving is both dangerous and illegal. (CNW Group/arrive alive DRIVE SOBER)

As Ontarians near the Victoria Day long weekend amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Arrive Alive DRIVE SOBER is encouraging all road-users to continue to exercise good judgement and safe motor vehicle operation.

“While we’ve seen a decrease in impaired driving collisions due to these unprecedented times, we’ve also seen an increase in alcohol and cannabis consumption among Ontarians,” said Pete Wytka, Executive Director of arrive alive DRIVE SOBER. “As eagerness to return to normal builds and COVID guidelines and headlines dominate the news, we hope that drivers will remember to practice some of the basic good behaviour that has made Ontario’s roads among the safest in North America for two decades. This includes always driving sober.”

While it remains unclear if cottagers will stay home or hit the road during this upcoming long weekend, Anne Leonard, President of Arrive Alive has another message for motorists. “Ontario has among the strictest penalties in North America when it comes to impaired driving. You would lose your driver’s licence (for impaired boating as well) for a year, face monetary fines and insurance increases, have a criminal record, and you may even face jail time. The good news is that impaired driving has been steadily declining for several decades. Very few of us choose to drive impaired; most of us are choosing to do the right thing.”


  1. Don’t come up to Muskoka this weekend.
    In spite of Ford doing just that at Easter.
    Entitled Muskoka cottagers think the high taxes they pay entitles them to do whatever they want.
    It’s actually cheaper to live on the lake.
    Cottagers often whine they pay very high taxes for very few services which is true. If you took their property on the lake and stuck it in town the taxes would be lower, that’s true.

    However, when you add $2,400/year for water and sewer, those in town are forced to pay, cottagers are getting off easy.
    Cottagers also get FREE municipal water at filling stations.
    Residents pay $200/month. $100+/month even if you are away and have ZERO usage.

    $900 of the $2,400 is shown/hidden only on the property taxes under District Water A and District Sewer A. Depends on assessment.
    To see a chart from the District detailing the highest costs in Ontario search “Oppose Bracebridge Sewers”.


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