MADD Canada

MADD Canada

August 02, 2006 09:24 ET

5 Tips for a Safe Long Weekend on the Roads and Waterways

MADD Canada wants a fatality-free holiday weekend

Attention: Lifestyle Editor, News Editor OAKVILLE, ON--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 2, 2006) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is urging Canadians to have a safe and sober holiday long weekend on roads and waterways.

Karen Dunham, MADD Canada's National President wishes for all Canadians to follow five simple tips to a safer holiday - free of impaired driving incidents.

This weekend and throughout the summer, consider the following:

1. Plan ahead. Be sure you know how you are getting home. Arrange your designated driver or your ride.

2. Arrange for alternative transportation when drinking alcohol or taking drugs. You cannot plan for every social occasion, but you can always plan your taxi or lift if you intend on partaking at the gathering.

3. Avoid drinking and driving when on the roads, off-road trails or waterways. Impaired driving tragedies occur on your ATV, with your boating fun, as well as on roadways. Always be sure the driver of whatever kind of vehicle it may be is sober.

4. Talk your friends and family members from getting into a vehicle with an impaired driver. Be sure your loved ones are always safe from a potentially dangerous impaired driving situation.

5. Be an example. Make a personal pledge to always drive sober. Be a good friend and always warn against impaired driving situations. Be a good host by providing alternatives to alcoholic drinks, your guests safe travel home, or a place to stay for those who have had too much.

Mrs. Dunham urges Canadians to make this weekend fatality-free. She comments, "Don't drive when you are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Don't get into a vehicle - car, boat or ATV - with a person who is impaired. Our hope at MADD Canada is that this long weekend will be enjoyed throughout our country without any needless death or injury as a result of impaired driving."

Throughout the summer months MADD Canada volunteers across the country attempt to heighten impaired driving awareness in communities and in cottage country. The volunteers promote a 'Signs of Summer' campaign, distribute public service announcements, and join police efforts at roadside and waterway checkstops to encourage sober and safe driving.

To learn more about MADD Canada's public awareness efforts this summer, visit

/For further information:
Andrew Murie, MADD Canada's CEO, 1-800-665-6233, ext. 224 / IN: SOCIAL, TRANSPORT, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Karen Dunham, National President
    Primary Phone: 506-650-7473