M987.217.114 | Drunk Drivers

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Drawing, cartoon
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.

  • What

    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.

  • Where

    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.

  • When

    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.

  • Who

    Ernie's Bar, with its uniformed bartender and shelves of liquor bottles, symbolizes a typical bar.