Drive safely this holiday season

The holiday season brings with it familiar and necessary messages reminding Canadians to drive sober

The holiday season brings with it familiar and necessary messages reminding Canadians to drive sober.

While impairment behind the wheel is most often associated with alcohol, motorists are also gambling with their safety and the safety of others by driving under the influence of drugs. These drugs include illegal substances, prescription medications and over-the-counter remedies.

This National Safe Driving Week, from Dec. 1-7, the Canada Safety Council seeks to educate Canadians that driving while under the influence of drugs is dangerous, irresponsible, illegal and becoming increasingly prevalent.

It is posing a significant public safety risk that needs to be curbed, the council says.