Ontario Brokers Urge Safe and Sober Driving this Holiday Season

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Toronto, ON (Dec. 17, 2014) – The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) has partnered with Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID) to promote safe and sober driving this holiday season.

The festive season is upon us. For many Ontarians, this means attending numerous holiday parties and get-togethers where alcohol is served. There are simple steps Ontario drivers can take to avoid tragic vehicle collisions this winter.

IBAO suggests the following tips for Ontario drivers:

  • Arrange for a designated driver;
  • Take public transit;
  • Arrange for a car or limo service;
  • Call a cab.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) more than 2,000 lives have been lost and more than 50,000 people have sustained injuries in collisions involving an impaired driver during the last decade. Drunk driving accounts for almost 25% of all fatalities on Ontario’s roads.

A partnership that has lasted more than a decade, IBAO has been working with OSAID by informing Ontario drivers about the dangers of driving while under the influence.

“Brokers are committed to informing and protecting people in their communities,” said IBAO president Chris Floyd. “Road collisions are still the number one cause of death for people aged 16-24 in Ontario. By educating the young people of this province, we are providing them with all of the necessary knowledge to help prevent such tragedies that in turn may save their own lives and the lives of their friends and loved ones.”

About IBAO

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario is a ‘not for profit’ association that represents and serves the interests of over 12,000 independent Property & Casualty Insurance Brokers in the Province of Ontario. For information about IBAO, visit www.ibao.org to receive timely news and information updates.

About OSAID

The OSAID program began in 1987 and since 1989 has grown from 100 to over 300 secondary school chapters. The office acts as a support hub for all OSAID groups needing information and resources. Every year OSAID hosts a Provincial Conference and in 1993, 2004, 2011 and 2013 hosted the National Canadian Youth Against Impaired Driving conference. All OSAID’s work supports everyone who is working to stop the number one killer of youth.

For more information on OSAID, students are encouraged to visit their new interactive website, www.OSAID.org.

Source: Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario