SGI is encouraging everyone to find a safe ride home from holiday celebrations and the Crown Corporation has come up with a new way of relaying the message, with a re-worded version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.
SGI President and CEO, Andrew Cartmell, says trying to get the message across in a more unique way will hopefully keep it fresh. He is cautiously optimistic that more people are finding other options for getting home because there has been a decrease in injuries and fatalities on Saskatchewan's roads, but other provinces have had more of a marked decrease.
‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the land, Many police were patrolling, with breath testers on hand, Impaired driving is the traffic spotlight for December, Drivers take heed, and we hope you remember.
Their kids were home with a sitter, tucked in bed tight, Mom and Dad had the chance to go out for the night, The party had been festive, Mom drank wine, Dad had beer, They’d ignored the host’s plea, “You should sleep it off here.”
“Or just call a cab, or a friend who’s not drinking, They’ll seize your car for three days. What are you thinking? There’s licence suspensions, fines, and jail time, You’re putting everyone at risk and committing a crime!”
“It’s a short trip, I’ll be fine,” Dad had scoffed, They hopped in the minivan and then they drove off, They sped down the road, not a care in the world, Then from behind a siren blared, as red and blue swirled.
Dad pulled off to the side, with a feeling of dread, For he knew he’d been caught, and what lay ahead, The breath test was quick, and the result less than great, The machine does not lie; Dad exceeded .08.
Dad spoke not a word… but could not mask his shame, Mom sat there, teeth clenched, cursing his name. The officer exclaimed, as he looked at the blood alcohol fail, “Happy Christmas to all… except you, sir. Off to jail.”