Annual ceremony held to remember those killed by impaired drivers in New Brunswick

The memorial in Moncton to honour those killed by drunk drivers in New Brunswick is inscribed with 38 names after four were added in a ceremony on Sunday

Five new names have been added to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving monument in Moncton, which remembers those killed by impaired drivers in New Brunswick.

Those whose names were added during a rededication ceremony on Sunday were:

·         Francisca Savoie, who was killed in 2007;

·         Kevin Clements, who was killed in 2012;

·         Jacilyn Ardeth Dionne, who was killed in 2012;

·         Yves Arseneau, who was killed in 1985;

·         Tim Rideout, who was killed in 2000.

The rededication ceremony saw family members and friends of drunk driving victims light candles in memory of their loved ones.

Marilyn Briggs of Miramichi spoke at the ceremony.

"My brother was at our house and he left to go home and it happened just five kilometres from their house," she said. "It was a drunk driver coming across the bridge that got him and another vehicle besides. And he was … he died at the scene."

Warren Schella's young daughter was killed 37 years ago. He attends the annual service to honour her memory and to support the families of other victims.

"She was five days in school. She was coming home from school at a crosswalk and a drunk driver hit her," said Schella. "Not a day goes by that I don't think of Tasha."

"She was only six years old, beautiful little girl. I still have the contents of her school bag at home, one of her shoes... "

Isabelle Arsenault, the president of the Moncton chapter of MADD, would prefer the annual ceremony didn't have to happen.

"Our dream is to come up to one year and there's no names to engrave and there's no ceremony. It would be great."

The memorial was established in 2010 at Fairhaven Memorial Gardens in Moncton. It now bears 38 names.

MADD says impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada, claiming between 1,250 and 1,500 lives each year.

Source: CBC News


Last updated on: 2014-09-18 | Link to this post