MADD Canada

MADD Canada

May 17, 2005 10:00 ET

New Video Will Deliver A Sobering Message to Students

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, RCMP and Toronto Police Services team up with MADD Canada to produce moving video for the country's high school classrooms Attention: Education Editor, News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2005) - The horrific occurrence of dead and injured youth being pried from wreckage, and the vivid memories of the survivors and their friends speaks volumes to youth: think twice before driving impaired or getting into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking or taking drugs. This disturbing scene is highlighted in a new video produced and being distributed for viewing in high schools across Canada by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the RCMP, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada).

"Not Ready To Go" chronicles the events of 14 friends returning from a party to celebrate the end of the school year, and who became involved in a multi-vehicle crash just outside of Perth, Ontario in 1999. The teens were heading home in a four-car convoy when one car pulled out to pass on a straight stretch of highway and struck a pick-up truck, which was towing a trailer with a car inside.

The subsequent chain of events left five Ottawa youths -- Stan Thomson, 18, Alan Siew, 17, Dustin Record, 17, David Rider, 16, and Homoyoun Chaudry, 17 -- all dead. The two occupants of the pick-up truck Max Beyore, 37, and Tim Cole, 35, were seriously injured.

To this day, the surviving victims, and all of the families and friends are still dealing with the affects of the collision. In this poignant video, they share their memories and feelings.

The video is hard hitting says Gary Grant, TPS Deputy Chief and member of the CACP Traffic Committee, ""Not Ready To Go" is aimed at educating youth and caregivers across the country about the real consequences of getting behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The video clips, the music and the first-hand testimonials combine to make this a truly unforgettable film."

"We hope young Canadians will learn from this tragedy and from what the victims and survivors have to say about it," says C/Supt. Raf Souccar, RCMP and Vice-Chair of CACP Drug Abuse Committee. "We are proud to be a partner of the effort to have the video seen by students throughout the country. We believe this is a must-see for students, as well as the general public who, every now and again, need to be reminded of the senseless act and the lasting, potentially tragic aftermath of impaired driving by alcohol and drugs."

"Impaired driving remains Canada's leading criminal cause of death and thousands of innocent Canadians are killed and injured on our roadways every year," says Karen Dunham, MADD Canada's National President. "Police and MADD Canada want to ensure the message is delivered loud and clear: Don't drink and drive and Don't take drugs and drive. Both alcohol and drugs will impair a person's ability to drive. Don't mix the two activities and don't get in a car with a person who is impaired by alcohol or drugs."

"Not Ready To Go" is 20 minutes in length. The video includes sobering remarks from the investigating police officers, and heart wrenching commentary from injured survivors, families, friends and teachers. The video features two popular songs: "Not Ready To Go" performed by The Trews, and "Time" performed by Chantal Kreviazuk. It concludes with a montage of photographs of sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, who have all lost their lives or been injured as a result of impaired driving crashes.

To view the video, visit www.madd.ca and for further information:
Karen Dunham, MADD Canada National President (506) 650-7473
Wanda Kristensen, MADD Canada Programs Director 1-800-665-6233
Gilles Deziel, RCMP Media Relations (613) 993-2999
/For further information: http://www.madd.ca to view the video

/ IN: EDUCATION, HEALTH, MEDIA, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Karen Dunham, National President
    Primary Phone: 506-650-7473
    Secondary Phone: 506-635-5800