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Driving safely through the holidays

Snow covered roads could lead to dangerous conditions
Snow covered roads could lead to dangerous conditions

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 25, 2011 — It's holiday party season and police are reminding motorists to drive with caution.

OPP launch festive RIDE program
OPP launch festive RIDE program

As we inch closer to Christmas, holiday parties across the country are starting to book up. While it can be an exciting time of year, motorists are urged to take caution on the roads.

Increased traffic and wintery weather could lead to poor driving conditions. Officials say the best way to avoid problems with the holiday rush is to adjust your driving habits, winterize your vehicle and remain sober behind the wheel.

“Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. And it's also one of the most preventable,” says Constable Graham Williamson with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). “We can all choose to make the correct decision, which is not to combine driving with drinking. It's also simple for passengers, don't get into a car with a driver that has been drinking. Many people have made that fatal mistake.”

The OPP launched its annual festive RIDE program on Thursday in an effort to reduce impaired driving. The program will run through January 1st.

Wondering what the holiday season will bring your way this year? Be sure to head to our Canadian Cities Index for the latest details. You can also check out the Highway Conditions page before hitting the roads.

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