M987.217.114 | Drunk Drivers
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
November 25, 1987, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
27.9 x 29.3 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
By placing alcoholic beverages and customers' car keys side by side, the cartoonist is questioning society's laissez-faire attitude toward impaired driving.
The fact that alcohol is a factor in so many traffic accidents has made drinking and driving a social issue. This problem is urging governments to bring in coercive measures and develop public awareness campaigns to reduce drunken driving.
Social pressure is building to make businesses responsible for the safety of customers who have had too much to drink and could constitute a danger to themselves and others if they were to drive.
With the establishment of Operation Nez Rouge (1984) and Éduc'alcool (1989), the 1980s were marked by an obvious desire to address the problem of impaired driving in Québec.
Ernie's Bar, with its uniformed bartender and shelves of liquor bottles, symbolizes a typical bar.