Dec 25, 2014 - LOOK FOR A SOBER RIDE HOME, MADD CANADA URGES


It’s the season to get caught up in a glass of holiday cheer.

That’s why MADD Canada is urging holiday revellers to plan ahead for a sober ride home.

“If you’re going to be drinking, please put the keys away,” MADD Canada national president Angeliki Souranis said in a statement. “Arranging a sober ride home only takes a few minutes and could save lives — including your own.”

MADD Canada is a national organization committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting victims, and it is working with the Allstate Insurance Company of Canada to promote safe practices this holiday season.

On average, 1,250 to 1,500 people are killed each year in Canada and another 63,000 are injured in impaired driving crashes.

Souranis lost her son, Craig, in an impairment-related crash in 2008. As she prepares to face another Christmas without him, she wants Canadians to know they have the power to prevent the tragedies caused by impaired driving.

“Impaired driving is entirely preventable,” she said. “By planning ahead, making good decisions and looking out for one another, we can ensure this tragic and senseless crime does not claim any more victims.”

Anyone needing a safe ride home from a holiday party can dial #TAXI (8294) on a cellphone to connect with the first available taxi company. It’s a shortcut to a safe ride, wherever you are.

MADD and Allstate have these reminders for people during the holiday season:

·         Never drive impaired; plan ahead if you’re going to be drinking.

·         Don’t accept a ride from a driver who may be impaired.

·         If you see a driver you suspect is impaired, call 911.

John O’Donnell, president and CEO of Allstate, also cautioned people to plan ahead for a sober drive home.

“We join MADD Canada in encouraging Canadians to give one another the gift of safer roads,” he said.

Source: Montreal Gazette


 

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