MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 20, 2005 08:54 ET

Don't Drive Impaired This Holiday Long Weekend

MADD Canada wants to see a 'fatality-free' long weekend Attention: News Editor OAKVILLE, ON--(CCNMatthews - May 20, 2005) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging Canadians to make travel plans for the holiday parties, family get togethers and cottage runs over this Victoria Day Weekend. MADD Canada would like to have a fatality-free long weekend so they are broadcasting this simple reminder: 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.

"The summer season is the most dangerous time of the year for impaired driving fatalities," says Karen Dunham, MADD Canada's National President. "Canadians need to be reminded that they should not drink or do drugs and then drive. MADD Canada is delivering this message in as many ways possible at peak times of the summer - like the long weekend holidays."

"Our hope is that we can enjoy the long summer weekends without any needless death or injury as a result of impaired driving." Mrs. Dunham adds, "Simply don't drive impaired and don't let others drive impaired - and don't get in a passenger seat with someone who is impaired."

"Our goal is to have this year's Victoria Day Long Weekend to be fatality-free and injury-free," says Mrs. Dunham.

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.


A recent study using Statistic Canada figures for impaired driving fatalities reveals that, in Canada, through the last 20 years, the combined efforts of anti-impaired driving measures from police, media, and groups like MADD Canada have saved 25,279 lives from becoming impaired driving fatalities. Learn more about this study by clicking to the February 3, 2005 release on the MADD Canada website news pages at:

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Karen Dunham, National President, MADD Canada (506) 650-7473
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Contact Information

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