Dec 08, 2015 - WOMAN KILLED BY IMPAIRED DRIVER HONOURED WITH FIRST ROADSIDE MEMORIAL SIGN ON HWY 407 NEAR OAKVILLE

The first ever roadside memorial sign on Highway 407 was  unveiled this afternoon to honour the memory of Carol Ann Grimmond.

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were, says Oakville’s Gladys Grimmond, quoting former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

"The loss of my daughter continues to be felt every day," she told the Oakville Beaver Friday, the day before a roadside memorial sign was erected on Hwy. 407, near Oakville, to honour her daughter, Carol Ann Grimmond.

It is the first such sign of its type on Hwy. 407.

"Carol and I had a very close relationship. We shopped together, we ate together, we celebrated life together," said Gladys, who took a bouquet of pink flowers with her to the sign dedication last weekend.

Carol died at the age of 47 while returning home from her grandfather's 99th birthday party and Thanksgiving celebrations with her family more than three years ago on Oct. 7, 2012. The car she was travelling in, with her twin brother Colin, was struck around 9 p.m. by a Mazda driving the wrong way on Hwy. 407 near Trafalgar Rd.

Colin, who was driving, survived with minor injuries.

The Oakville woman driving the Mazda was convicted of impaired driving in 2013.

Grimmond said she doesn't know why, at the height of her Carols's career, working in the correctional services field, she was taken from her family.

"Each celebration, each season, she's ever present," said Carol’s mom.

"It's been difficult, I'm a person of faith in God, and both my son and I, are believers in God and we use prayer and faith. I use a lot of meditation and prayer to sustain me.

"That being the case, I put one foot in front of the other every day and also I get involved in things that are worthwhile," said Glacys, noting working with MADD Canada on the roadside marker is a practical way to create public awareness.

The memorial sign was unveiled at a ceremony Saturday.

It was attended by Carol's family, representatives of MADD Canada as well as the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and provincial and regional police, near Oakville on Hwy. 407 near Lower Baseline and Eglinton Avenue. The sign honours Carol's memory and serves as a powerful message to motorists about the tragic consequences of impaired driving.

Andrew Murie, MADD Canada's chief executive officer, said the sign is among a handful that have been erected over the last five years on major highways in Ontario.

A roadside memorial is one of a number of ways MADD Canada helps victims and survivors pay tribute to their loved ones, he said.

It also serves as a "stark reminder" of the consequences of driving impaired.

MADD Canada works with the provincial government on each sign, Murie added.

"Unfortunately, every time you talk about one of these memorial signs, somebody's been killed by an impaired driver," he said.

Murie said he hopes the sign, along with others that may be erected over the next few years, will become a valuable teaching tool and reminder to people.

"Young children will ask what it's about and parents will teach them what it is about and again it's one of those life learning lessons of why you don't drive impaired," he said.

Gladys thanked MADD Canada, the ministry of transportation and Hwy. 407 officials for bringing the sign to fruition and allowing it to be a memorial for her daughter.

"If that sign is put there, and one person goes by and one person sees that sign, hopefully it will help them not to drive impaired or it will help them to prevent a family member or friend from driving impaired," she said.

Gladys, a former health educator in health promotion, added in moving forward with her life, she wants to begin educating the public on alcohol consumption and the dangers of it.

"My feeling is that alcohol consumption should be part of education of adolescents in school," she said, adding, she doesn't have a problem with people drinking alcohol, but wants people to stay in a safe place, rather than going out on the road and putting others' lives in danger.

For more information on MADD Canada's tributes and memorials, visit madd.ca.

Source: Inside Halton


 

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