MADD Canada

MADD Canada

November 03, 2007 07:30 ET

Reminder: P.E.I. White Cross Ceremony on Saturday marks Tragic Roadside Scene

Placement of White Cross will mark Tragic Roadside Scene of Senseless Impaired Driving Fatality -- Henderson family grieves loss of their son Tyler

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. --(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2007) - They will gather tomorrow to honour the memory of a young 20 year old man - William Tyler Henderson - who lost his life in a tragic alcohol related crash on route 26 near Alexandria, P.E.I.

Tyler Henderson died on Canada Day, July 1st 2006. Tomorrow, at a roadside ceremony to commemorate the placement of a white cross at the scene of the fateful crash, the Henderson family of Hampton, New Brunswick will be joined by relatives and friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving volunteers from across the Maritimes, P.E.I. Minister responsible for Transportation, Hon. Ron MacKinley, as well as by provincial and local officials.

"The memorial white cross serves as an important symbol of tribute and respect for impaired driving victims," says Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's National President. "The cross is a significant way for victims' families and friends to honour and remember the loved ones they have lost. It is also a reminder to the public - which is why Mothers Against Drunk Driving is hosting the family tribute tomorrow. We want to raise the public's awareness to the crime and to the sorrow felt by many, many people in the aftermath of a tragic impaired driving crash."

"It's very important to recognize these sorts of tragic events," says Provincial Minister of Transportation and Public Works Ron MacKinley. "These white crosses serve as an excellent reminder that driving under the influence is a huge risk, and one that could lead to unbearable outcomes for families and communities."

This was a senseless loss of life says Mrs. Miller. "There is no reason why innocent Canadians must continue to die or sustain serious injury as a result of someone drinking or taking drugs and driving. We are very sorry for the loss and the grief that the Henderson family is having to endure. Nobody should have to experience this type of pain."

Impaired driving remains Canada's number one criminal cause of death. On average, each and every day, 4 Canadians are killed and another 187 are seriously injured as a result of impaired driving.

MADD Canada worked with the Province of P.E.I. to establish Canada's first roadside memorial program for victims of impaired driving. The Island's first white cross was placed in Caledonia in May 2006 to honour the memory of Constable Bruce Miller, son of the current MADD Canada National President.

MEDIA NOTE: Media are welcomed to the dedication ceremony -- 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd at 1190 -- route 26, near Alexandria P.E.I. MADD Canada spokespersons will be available for interviews after the ceremony. (For safety and traffic reasons, media is advised to park in the nearby church parking lot.)

/For further information: Susan MacAskill, MADD Canada Atlantic Manager @ (902) 794-0498/ IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

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