MADD Canada

October 07, 2016 06:00 ET

Giving Thanks This Holiday Weekend for All Those Who Plan Ahead for a Sober Ride Home

OAKVILLE, ON--(Marketwired - October 07, 2016) - This Thanksgiving weekend, MADD Canada and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada are expressing their thanks to the millions of Canadians who make the commitment to never drive impaired.

"To all the people who plan ahead for sober transportation when they know they are going to be drinking, and to all the people who act as designated drivers for their family members and friends, thank you," said MADD Canada National President Patricia Hynes-Coates.

"Most people understand the risks of impaired driving, and they plan accordingly to protect themselves and others," said Allstate Insurance Company of Canada President and CEO Ryan Michel. "We are grateful to everyone who is helping to keep our roads safe."

Tragically, not everyone follows their examples. Impaired drivers continue to kill hundreds of people and injure tens of thousands on Canadian roads and highways every year.

MADD Canada, its volunteers across the country, community partners and corporate sponsors such as Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, encourage Canadians to protect themselves and one another:

  • don't drive impaired -- call a cab, take public transit, arrange a designated driver or plan to stay overnight;
  • don't ride with drivers who are impaired;
  • if you see a driver you suspect is impaired, call 911 and report it to police.

"Let's make this weekend one of celebration and thanks, rather than grief and devastation," said Ms. Hynes-Coates, who lost her stepson Nicholas in an impaired driving crash in 2013. "If you're going to be drinking, leave the driving to someone sober."

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. To learn more, visit

About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is one of the country's leading producers and distributors of home and auto insurance products, serving Canadians since 1953. The company strives to keep its customers in "Good Hands®" as well as its employees, and has been listed four years in a row on the Best Employers in Canada list. Allstate Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates and has partnered with organizations such as MADD Canada, United Way and Junior Achievement. To learn more about Allstate Canada, visit

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:

    Patricia Hynes Coates
    National President

    Anna Weigt-Bienzle
    Senior Communications Specialist
    Allstate Insurance Company of Canada