Dec 05, 2012 - CALGARY STUDENT GROUP JOINS FIGHT AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING


Police at daytime check stops will be joined by a girl with a broken heart.

Faryal Shah founded an anti-drunk driving group at the University of Calgary called SAIL (Save an Innocent Life). She started the group a week after her friend Arsh Brar was killed by a drunk driver in a T-bone accident last January.

“It tore us apart because he was this ambitious young man who had so much going for him, and within seconds all of that gets taken away from him,” Shah said.

SAIL volunteers have teamed up with MADD Canada to hand out holiday gift bags at daytime check stops, which started Wednesday in Calgary. The stops will take place four to five times every week until 2013.

The Enhanced Check Stop campaign supplements the evening impaired driving check stops the Calgary Police Service do year-round.

“We’ve seen improvement in attitudes towards drinking and driving. The education and awareness have never been greater,” Insp. Dean Lagrange said. “Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil that we have to be out here.”

Wayne Kauffeldt’s 17-year-old daughter was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. After her death, Kauffeldt joined MADD.

“The attitudes towards drunk driving have changed, but unfortunately, the behaviour carries on,” Kauffeldt said.

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Source: Metro News Calgary


 

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