Caution on drunken driving paid in Canada

Halifax : The New Year has come and much to the relief of the local authorities there have not been many accidents because of drunken driving., courtesy the advertisement blitzkrieg launched and warning people against drunken driving.

Though this in no way reduced the New Year revelry, but there was caution in returning from the late night parties. Even the various places where the New Year’s revelry took place did not hesitate to tell their guests on ensuring that they return home safe.

Reports said that there will be a variety of ways to get home from where you choose to ring in 2013, but if you decide to drink, driving is not one of them.

The first choice many will make is to call a taxi. The operations manager at Toronto’s Beck Taxi said she expected New Year’s Eve to be her busiest night of the year.

Kristine Hubbard said she had 65 staff on hand to field calls for a fleet of about 2,000 cabs. “We had about 3,000 orders an hour between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. [Tuesday],” she said.

Hubbard said it’s always best to call ahead for a ride. But if you do try to hail a cab on the street, the best way is to separate yourself from a large group so you’re easy to spot — and, as always, be patient.

Taking transit is another safe choice on New Year’s Eve. A ride on the Toronto Transit Commission was free after 10 p.m. The subways and most buses and streetcars ran until 4 a.m.

Revelers a little further from home went Go Transit’s buses and trains which were free after 8 p.m.,  and also offering a late-night service.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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