(content courtesy Tyler McMurchy - SGI)

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. Maybe you have plans to go out. You might have already decided what you’re going to wear.  

But -- if those plans include alcohol, cannabis or anything else that impairs you -- do you know how you’re getting home?  

Fortunately, you have all kinds of options to make sure your New Year’s celebrations don’t come to a crashing halt:  

·         Designate a driver in your friend group (or BE the designated driver and start 2023 with all your friends owing you a favour). 

·         Ride the bus for free in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw.  

·         Take a taxi, rideshare or designated driving service. 

·         Book a limo or party bus. (Or – if they’re booked up – maybe find a trustworthy neighbour with a van and no plans?)  

·         Call Operation Red Nose in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Yorkton and the Battlefords. 

·         Phone a sober friend or family member to come pick you up. (If the driver agrees to hit the drive-thru on the way home, you should definitely buy them some chicken nuggets.)  

·         If you’re at a friend’s house, ask if you can sleep on their couch. (This option is generally less effective in nightclubs).  

Any one of those options beats causing a collision, getting arrested or having your licence suspended and vehicle impounded because you chose to drove impaired.   

Remember, police across Saskatchewan will be out on New Year’s Eve too, but they’ll be conducting checkstops and other impaired driving enforcement activities to ensure people are driving sober.