MADD Canada

MADD Canada

December 21, 2009 10:01 ET

A safe, happy holiday for everyone tops MADD Canada's wish list

Attention: News Editor OAKVILLE/ONTARIO/MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2009) - As holiday festivities swing into full gear, MADD Canada is extending its best wishes to all Canadians for a safe and happy holiday.

"On behalf of our thousands of volunteers across the country, I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year's," said MADD Canada National President Margaret Miller. "I also ask that we all take a moment to remember the people who have been lost to impaired driving, and the families who miss them."

This Christmas will be a difficult one for Edith Linehan and her family. The festivities and gatherings will go on, but her brother Roger - the fun loving, story teller of the family - will not be there. Roger was killed on Boxing Day 2008 by an impaired driver who was driving on the wrong side of the median.

"It is hard to imagine Christmas without him," Ms. Linehan said. "He was so full of life and laughter. We miss him very much."

Mrs. Miller knows the emotions and challenges that the Linehan family is facing. The Miller family's holiday celebrations are tempered by the fact that son Bruce is missing from the gathering. Bruce, a Nova Scotia police officer, was killed by an impaired driver in 2004.

"There's an empty place at the holiday dinner table where Bruce should be," Mrs. Miller said. "We light a candle for him and honour his memory, but it is hard to accept his loss when it never had to happen."

An average of 4 Canadians are killed every day and another 207 are injured in impaired driving crashes which are 100% preventable.

Both Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Linehan have expressed their wish that families and loved ones truly appreciate and treasure one another this holiday season. Most importantly, they urge everyone to make safe and responsible decisions this year when it comes to driving after drinking.

"This is a joyous time of year and it should be filled with family, friends and fond memories. Our holiday wish to all Canadians is for a happy and safe Christmas and New Year's," Mrs. Miller said. "Let's all remember that we can stop impaired driving. Drive sober, plan ahead and call 911 if you suspect an impaired driver. Making the right decisions can save a life."

About MADD Canada
MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.
/For further information: Visit www.madd.ca or contact Margaret Miller, MADD Canada National President at 902-758-5328. / IN: SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, National President, MADD Canada
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328