DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2012) - Forty names, etched across the granite stone of a new memorial, are a hauntingly simple, yet extremely powerful, reminder of the devastation caused by impairment-related driving crashes.
The names - all Nova Scotians who were killed in alcohol or drug-related driving crashes - are etched in a new Provincial Monument erected by MADD Canada in partnership with Dartmouth Memorial Gardens and Atlantic Funeral Home.
The monument was unveiled and dedicated in Dartmouth today, at an event that included MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk, Halifax Regional Deputy Chief Chris McNeil, family members and friends of those who have been killed, and first responders. The Service of Dedication included a Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance in which candles were lit in memory of victims who have been killed or injured in alcohol or drug-related driving crashes.
"This beautiful monument gives people a peaceful place to reflect, to remember and to honour loved ones who have been killed in impairment-related crashes," said Ms. Dubyk.
Impaired driving continues to be a deadly problem, both in Nova Scotia and nation-wide. Based on the most recent national statistics available, 43 Nova Scotians died in impairment-related crashes in 2009.
"For the general public, we hope this monument also serves as a strong incentive to never drive impaired," Ms. Dubyk said. "It is our sincerest hope that we never need to add another name to this memorial."
MADD Canada recognizes the generous support and partnership of Dartmouth Memorial Gardens and Atlantic Funeral Home.
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. For more information, visit www.madd.ca.