When Sergeant Jack West talks about the cost of drinking and driving it's not in dollars and cents but in human lives. He wants to make sure that no one wakes up in a jail cell wishing to turn back the hands of time because they killed someone the night before when they caused an accident after drinking.
Far too many people have told West that they wish after a night out that ended in tragedy they could go back in time. "Drinking for one, can be devastation for so many others," West said as he watched his officers pull over motorists Friday night on the Bloor Street viaduct during a R.I.D.E spot check.
Tonight the media were invited to take part to help bring awareness to the issue of drunk driving. Each day four people in Canada lose their lives because someone makes the wrong choice, getting behind the wheel impaired.
West said that the message is being heard by younger drivers who have grown up hearing that drinking and driving is wrong. While not all young drivers have gotten the message far too many older drivers are getting behind the wheel after tossing back a few drinks.
There isn't a safe number of drinks when it comes to driving. The key to a night out is to have a plan of action already in place for the night's end; public transit, a taxi or a designated driver.
"Events like the one tonight help bring awareness to the public that we are out there and will catch you if you drink and drive," Constable Tony Vella said.