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It may not always be easy, but you can be THAT person to speak up against impaired driving. And now, you can encourage others to join you by using the #ImTHATPerson tag on social media.
Send us your message, photo or video on Twitter or Instagram telling us why you're THAT person to speak up against impaired driving. Use the tag #ImTHATPerson for a chance to win a $25 Tim Horton's gift card, courtesy of York Regional Police and MADD York Region.
York Regional Police will draw a new gift card winner on November 18, December 2, December 16 and December 30. Winners will be contacted via social media so they may collect their prize.
Check out the video below to see why students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School are being THAT person this holiday season.
How can I speak up when a friend wants to drive impaired?
It's not always easy to be that person. But when a friend wants to drive impaired, or expects you to drive impaired, it's time to speak up. There are no excuses for impaired driving, but plenty you can use to avoid it:
My friend/significant other is picking me up: Give yourself an out without downright refusing a ride. It will keep people from asking questions. Make sure your driver can make room for your impaired friends, too.
I don't wanna go to jail: Waking up with a hangover sucks. Waking up hungover in a jail cell -- way worse. Tell your fellow revelers you'd rather have your freedom tomorrow morning. This is a pretty difficult excuse to dispute.
Let's just crash here: Don't crash your car -- crash on the couch. Cook the host breakfast if you have to. And if you're throwing a party, make sure there is enough room for your guests to crash. It could save a life.
I can't find my keys anywhere: Nobody can expect you to drive impaired when you can't even get your car started. Is your friend about to drive impaired? Snag his/her keys from their jacket pocket.