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Say goodbye to the days of leaving your car behind after a night of drinking


By Raisa Ahmed
Presenter, Beat the Traffic
@Audree_BTT
Friday, February 7, 2014, 11:05 AM

The weekend is here and you’re ready to head out for a night on the town. The last thing on your mind is what to do at the end of the night, but if alcohol is involved in your night’s festivities, planning your route home beforehand is the smartest thing to do. 

Did you know that there is a new service available, if you are drinking but want to get home in the comfort of your own car? It is called Drink and Dial! Before heading out or at the end of the night, you call one of the multiple companies available to pick you up. They will drive you home in your own car, while a second car follows behind to take the designated driver back. 

Although the cost of this service varies from company to company and can be expensive in comparison to taking a cab, the comfort of going home in your own car and the convenience of having it at home the next morning may just be worth the price! 

Patrons who use this service may initially be surprised at the cost, but the system can essentially be cheaper than leaving your car parked somewhere and potentially incurring the cost of a parking ticket. Not to mention, it is definitely cheaper than the cost of a drinking and driving charge, that may end up with you forking out thousands of dollars in lawyers fees, tarnishing your driving record, and ruining your insurance coverage. 

A bonus, especially during the winter months, is that there are no wait times. Most companies guarantee to meet you within ten minutes of your call, or if you’ve booked online ahead of time, they will be there waiting for you.

Here are a few interesting stats related to alcohol and driving

  • The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in Ontario while still being allowed to legally drive is 0.08%. That equals about one drink per hour. 
  • Alcohol consumed over a quick period of time results in a higher blood alcohol level. 
  • Your body weight and the food in your stomach at the time of drinking also plays a factor in your BAC. 
  • Although the legal limit is 0.08%, the affects of alcohol actually start hitting you at 0.05%. Sensitivity to light, the ability to perceive depth of motion and colors are all affected.

Legal Blood Alcohol Concentrations broken down by Provinces & Territories in Canada:

  • The legal BAC limit across Canada ranges between 0.05% to 0.08% 
  • The Administrative BAC limit is 0.05%. This means police can implement charges against a driver starting at 0.05% 
  • The Criminal BAC limit is 0.08% 

The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) across the United States of America, for all 50 states, is 0.08%.


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