There’s a new video campaign underway to put a stop to impaired driving through the stories of victims, including the family of a victim with close ties to southern Alberta.

It’s called “Had Enough”, introduced by the Calgary Police Service, focusing on the family of Michael Maniago.

The former star goalie with the Lethbridge Hurricanes was killed in a crash with an impaired driver in 2008.

“There are parts where I talk about it and it chokes me up,” said Const. Randy MacDonald, with the Traffic Education Unit. “At the same time, Mike would be happy we’re getting that word out.”

MacDonald is also Maniago’s godfather, and believes sharing this story could be a difference maker in preventing someone from getting behind the wheel after drinking.

“Too many people make the wrong choice and that choice affects everybody.”

Randy Sparks has a similar hope. The Taber man lost his daughter, Tessa, in a collision with a drunk driver ten years ago.

“This past Sunday was Father’s Day,” Sparks said while fighting back tears. “That’s one of our kids that’s not there.”

While sharing his family’s loss is painful, it’s the message to others that keeps Sparks talking.

“Posters and things like that are fine, but there needs to be a more intense awareness (about the dangers of impaired driving).”

“By them sharing their stories, they’re giving a visual of how people are impacted by drunk driving,” said Tracie Baceda of MADD Canada’s Taber-Lethbridge chapter.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says only stories like these truly make waves with people.

“Don’t get in that vehicle and think you’re okay to drive,” said Sparks. “There will be a time you’ll impact your life, your family’s life, and some other family’s life in a negative way.”

Calgary Police encourage sharing of the Had Enough video, also holding a contest through social media, believing that will prompt others to pass on their stories.

“We have to keep banging on that door,” according to MacDonald. “Hopefully one day, it’ll be wide open.”

Source: Global Edmonton


Last updated on: 2013-06-18 | Link to this post