We're done being polite. We're tired of asking nicely. We are absolutely through cajoling, pleading, begging, and suggesting. Don't drink and drive.
Consider this a written slap for everyone who has ever climbed behind the wheel of a car with a blood alcohol level high enough to set off a Breathalyzer's blinking lights. Most reading this already know everything that follows: take a cab, call Operation Red Nose, use a designated driver, sleep it off on your friend's couch.
Out of the thousands of people who went out last weekend and had a few beers, some wine, maybe eggnog with a kick, most were entirely responsible.
But the same weekend, some people were hauled out of their cars by the RCMP and told they would not be allowed to get back in. Some of them will be spending three months without their driver's licenses.
This should not have come as a surprise. The holiday CounterAttack program has been going on year upon year in B.C. It ramps up around the holidays, but it never really goes away - you can be pulled over in July or December, at New Year's, Easter, or Arbour Day.
At this point, we can only imagine that some tiny fraction of you reading this - the same fraction who drink and drive - are just stupid. You can't even accuse alcohol of making you stupid.
Slip the phone number of Operation Red Nose - 1-877-604-NOSE - into your wallet before the festivities begin. Maybe add a cab company number. Or just get your friend to agree not to drink, and say you'll do the same the next time you go out.
If you can't accomplish these simple tasks, we're not going to feel even marginally sorry for you when you get carted off to court and watch your car get towed.
We'll just shake our heads at the never-ending stupidity of the drunk driver.