Prince George, B.C. – As grad season moves into full swing, those who will be celebrating are being asked to ensure they have a safe ride from the festivities.
There are plenty of safe ways to get to and from a grad party, limos, taxis, designated drivers and transit, but even though someone else may be behind the wheel, it is illegal for any passenger (and of course driver) to be drinking alcohol in any of those modes of transportation.
Passengers need to know that limousine operators must refuse to board passengers carrying alcohol and they must terminate trips if they find alcohol being consumed in a vehicle. Trips must be terminated in a safe manner such as returning passengers to their starting point or calling parents to come and pick up minors. Operators who do not comply with liquor laws run the risk of losing their licences.
There are plenty of rules for limo companies to follow, including appropriate advertising, which does not allude to drinking alcohol in the limo. Other regulations require limos to have:
- a passenger transportation plate and decal displayed at all times
- limos with perimeter seating must have a special authorization licence
“Graduation is a significant milestone in life” says BC Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee A/Inspector Ken Eng . “Celebrating graduation should be the first day of the rest of your life and not the last. Students, teachers and parents all have responsibilities and a role to play to ensure that celebration events, formal or informal, are safe, including the transportation to and from these events. Working together, we can prevent a tragedy from being part of the Class of 2015 legacy.”
Police will be enforcing Liquor Control and Licencing Act and Motor Vehicle Act legislation with the objective that everyone gets home safe.