MADD Canada

MADD Canada

August 01, 2008 09:22 ET

Sask motorists urged holiday weekend not to drive while impaired

HSAS and MADD Canada continue their summer efforts to keep Province's roads and waterways safe

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, News Editor REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2008) - Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) continue their summer public awareness campaign this weekend urging motorists not to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Across Saskatchewan airwaves and in communities across the Province, the two organizations will be highlighting their important message: "Don't Spend Your Summer With Us - Don't Drink or Take Drugs and Drive."

MADD Canada National President Margaret Miller asks motorists to drive sober during the weekend, traditionally one of the peak crash times through the year. "Have fun this Civic holiday weekend, but please drive sober on the roads and waterways, and don't get in a vehicle or a boat with a driver who has been drinking. Whether you're at the camp or cottage, or at a summer-end party, if you are drinking or high on drugs, don't drive."

Commenting on MADD Canada's summer public awareness drive in Saskatchewan, Mrs. Miller says, "Our partnership with HSAS has been invaluable. We have been able to deliver our message to more Saskatchewan residents, more often this summer. We all firmly believe that it is a message that serves as a life-saving reminder to those relaxing and partying."

Volunteers with MADD Saskatchewan Chapters have been busy at police checkstops and public forums distributing HSAS / MADD Canada posters, fridge magnets, and print materials regarding safe and sober driving. The organizations' awareness campaign runs from the Victoria Day to the Labour Day weekends.

Chris Driol, President of HSAS, says, "The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan's 2900 members care deeply about the health and safety of Saskatchewan residents. We hope everyone has a fun-filled summer, but we want to avoid the road crashes and hospital visits."

Mr. Driol adds, "The health care professionals in our union know too well the human tragedy associated with impaired driving and that is the underlining reason we work so hard in getting our message out with MADD Canada."

HSAS is an independent labour union representing over 2,900 healthcare professionals in all the Health Regions throughout Saskatchewan. MADD Canada is the pre-eminent national victims group with a mission to eliminate impaired driving and support the victims of this violent crime.
/For further information:
Chris Driol, HSAS President @ 306-270-0498
Louise Knox, MADD Canada @ 1-866-900-6233/ IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, SOCIAL, OTHER

Contact Information

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