MADD Canada

MADD Canada

October 09, 2009 08:00 ET

Keep our roads safe this Thanksgiving weekend, urges MADD Canada

Holidays are challenging for those families who have lost loved ones to impaired driving.

Attention: News Editor OAKVILLE/ONTARIO/MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2009) - Canadians across the country are preparing for their Thanksgiving feasts this weekend, yet for the thousands of people who have lost loved ones to impaired driving, it is a difficult time because someone is missing from the celebration.

"Our holidays are not the same without Bruce," said MADD Canada National President Margaret Miller of her son Bruce Miller, a Nova Scotia police officer who was killed in an impaired driving crash in 2004. "We miss him every single day but we feel his loss particularly deeply during the holidays and special occasions."

MADD Canada is urging everyone to drive sober this weekend to avoid the tragedy faced by the Miller family and the thousands of others who have lost loved ones or suffered a serious injury as a result of impaired driving.

"Far too many crashes occur because people think they are okay to drive home after drinking or consuming drugs," Mrs. Miller said. "These impaired crashes are entirely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Leave the car in the driveway and arrange a designated driver, stay overnight or call a taxi. #TAXI offers a convenient and safe way for partygoers to get home. Simply call #TAXI (that's #8-2-9-4) on your cell phone and be connected to the nearest available cab or the cab company of your choice."

The statistics on impaired driving remain far too high. Every day, on average, 4 people are killed and 207 people are injured in impaired driving crashes. So whether people are having a traditional Thanksgiving celebration, getting together with friends or just enjoying a quiet long weekend, MADD Canada wants everyone to make responsible decisions; please do not drive if impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

"Everyone shares the responsibility for the safety of our roads," Mrs. Miller said. "Let's all do our part to make this holiday long weekend free from impaired driving crashes. That will truly be something to be thankful for."

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: JUSTICE, SOCIAL

Contact Information

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