MADD Canada

MADD Canada

June 01, 2012 15:30 ET

New Program Enlists Thompson Residents' Help To Stop Impaired Drivers

THOMPSON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 1, 2012) - A new road safety initiative in Thompson will help take impaired drivers off the roads by enlisting the help of residents, says MADD Canada.

MADD Canada joined with the RCMP, Manitoba Public Insurance, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the City of Thompson to launch the Report Impaired Drivers program today. The program encourages citizens to call police at 677-6911 if they see a driver they suspect is impaired. The program, and a similar one launched in Portage la Prairie in May, are modelled on a successful Report Impaired Drivers pilot program started in Brandon in 2011.

"We welcome this program and thank the partners for their leadership," said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. "Every call to report an impaired driver could potentially save a life or prevent an injury."

Despite the laws, despite the enforcement, despite the fact that everyone knows impaired driving is wrong and dangerous, it continues to be a deadly problem in Canada, and in Manitoba. In 2009, 59 people were killed in impairment-related crashes in Manitoba.

"These programs make a real difference," said Mr. Murie. "They enable citizens to play a crucial role in taking impaired drivers off the roads by alerting police when they see a driver they suspect is impaired."

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.

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