MADD Canada

MADD Canada

December 29, 2010 09:41 ET

MADD Canada: Make a New Year's Resolution to End Impaired Driving

MADD Canada Encourages Everyone to Put Safe and Sober Driving at the Top of Their New Year's Resolution List

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 29, 2010) - If you're going to be raising a few glasses of cheer to ring in the New Year, MADD Canada is asking you to leave the car at home.

"We want to welcome the New Year with joy and celebration, not with the tragedy of impaired driving crashes," said MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk. "If you are going to be drinking, put the keys away and arrange safe transportation. Take a cab or public transit, arrange a designated driver or stay overnight. There are plenty of alternatives and no excuses for getting behind the wheel impaired."

MADD Canada is also reminding Canadians that they can play an important role in taking impaired drivers off the roads. If you see a driver you suspect is impaired, call 911 to report it to police. Every call could prevent a crash and save a life.

For those hosting New Year's parties this year, MADD Canada encourages you to take steps to ensure your guests stay safe. Know who is driving and how everyone is getting home; have backup transportation arranged for anyone who over-drinks; let guests stay overnight; and have food and non-alcoholic beverages available.

It is not only bars and public establishments that have legal liability when it comes to overserving alcohol and impaired driving. Party hosts are responsible for doing everything they can to stop guests from driving impaired. For more information and tips on safeguarding your guests, see MADD Canada's pamphlets on social hosts and legal liability at

  • Sobering Thoughts on Safe Partying: A Guide to Avoiding Legal Liability

  • Being Sued Can Ruin a Good Party: A Social Host's Guide

  • Alcohol, Teens and Catastrophe: What Every Parent Needs to Know

  • Keeping Good Company: An Employer's Guide

"As party hosts, we take on the responsibility for the safety of our guests and that means making sure guests do not drive away impaired," Ms. Dubyk said. "Know who's driving, who's drinking and how everyone is getting home safely."

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.

Contact Information

  • MADD Canada
    Denise Dubyk
    National President