Effective measures are urgently needed
In a brief presented during the public consultation on road safety, Éduc’alcool pointed out the urgency of implementing preventive measures that have been proven to be effective.
It also noted that the three main recommendations of the Table québécoise sur la sécurité routière (Quebec road safety task force), whose 10th anniversary is being celebrated this year, remain on paper only:
1. Increase public perception of the risk of being stopped for impaired driving.
2. Increase public awareness about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.
3. Make the training of alcoholic beverage servers mandatory.
Backed by research data, Éduc’alcool advocates the urgent implementation of these recommendations by the following means:
- Significantly increase the number of police road blocks, since 75% of Quebecers have not come across a single one in the last year.
- Run awareness campaigns all year long, not only around Christmas and New Year’s.
- Make the Service in Action course, developed by Éduc’alcool and the ITHQ, mandatory. Although the course has been proven to be effective and all parties in the National Assembly supported the measure, the evidence shows that merely encouraging people to take it has led to disappointing results.