MADD Canada

MADD Canada

August 31, 2007 08:41 ET

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

Avoid drinking and driving altogether when you will be driving on the roads, off-road trails or waterways.

Attention: Lifestyle Editor, News Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2007) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is urging Canadians to have a safe and sober Labour Day holiday weekend on roads and waterways.

Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's National President, hopes for this end-of-summer long weekend will be fatality-free. "Our hope is that Canadians will enjoy this holiday weekend with friends and family. And we want the weekend celebrations to occur without any needless impaired driving deaths or injuries."

"So, we urge Canadians, 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. It's quite simple: if you are drinking or high on drugs, don't drive."

Mrs. Miller adds, "If you see a suspected impaired driver on the road, call 911 and report the incident to the police. Take action to make our roads safer and you may be preventing a tragedy."

"We believe these messages cannot be said enough in the next few days. They could just prove to be a life-saving reminder to those relaxing and partying," says Mrs. Miller.

MADD Canada has developed five tips for Canadians to follow for a safer holiday on the roads - free of impaired driving incidents.

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

2. Arrange for alternative transportation when drinking alcohol or taking drugs. You cannot plan for every social occasion, but you can always call a taxi or plan a lift if you partake at a gathering.

3. Avoid drinking and driving altogether when you will be driving 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 the vehicle 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 potentially dangerous impaired driving situations.

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, ensuring your guests travel home safe, or offering a place to stay for those who have had too much.

Throughout the summer, MADD Canada's over 100 local community organizations have been raising public awareness to the dangers of drinking and taking drugs and driving. On the Victoria-Day long weekend, MADD Canada launched its new 'Campaign 911' public awareness campaign, which urges Canadians to call and report suspected impaired drivers. This summer, the organization's volunteers have also distributed public service announcements, as well as joined police efforts at roadside and waterway checkstops to encourage sober and safe driving.
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Contact Information

  • Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer
    Primary Phone: 800-665-6233 ext. 224
    E-mail: amurie@madd.ca