MADD Canada is honoured to participate in a special event this afternoon to mark Canada's National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims.

MADD Canada's National President Angeliki Souranis joins Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey for a special ceremony that begins at 5 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall. A procession of first responders, invited guests and community members will walk along a route from City Hall, along Lisgar St., Elgin St. and Laurier Ave. Carrying flashlights as a remembrance of those lost in road crashes, participants will make their way back to the Ottawa City Hall outdoor auditorium. Following remarks by Ms. Souranis and others, road safety organizations and advocacy groups will have the opportunity to exhibit materials about their programs, services and campaigns pertaining to road safety.

"Today, we join with road safety and victim support organizations, schools and community groups across the country to remember all of those who have been killed or seriously injured in road crashes, and to encourage all Canadians to recognize the terrible impact that road crashes have on individuals, families and entire communities," Ms. Souranis said.

Every year in Canada, almost 2,800 people are killed in road crashes and another 195,000 are injured. Alcohol, drugs, speeding, driver distraction, fatigue and failure to use seat belts are key reasons for those crashes, deaths and injuries. MADD Canada estimates that about 42% of all road crash deaths involve impairment by alcohol and/or drugs.

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Hosted by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims includes a series of local events held by road safety and victim support organizations, schools and community groups across the country. The web site features posters, events and other materials for groups hosting local events, as well as a tribute page where people can honour their loved ones.

The National Day of Remembrance is observed in many countries around the world. An estimated 1,200,000 people are killed around the world every year in road crashes.

As a victim support organization, MADD Canada is dedicated to helping those who have lost a loved one or suffered a serious injury as a result of an impaired driving crash. The organization offers a number of resources for victims, including: emotional support through a toll-free 1-800 phone line and through local Chapters and Community Leaders; injury resources; court accompaniment; online tributes; an annual Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance and National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving; and a series of brochures including Trauma, Loss and Bereavement and Coping with Life after Injury. To download brochures or other resources for victims, visit the MADD Canada web site at

MADD Canada is currently hosting Project Red Ribbon, an annual campaign to promote sober driving during the holiday season. The campaign continues until January 6, 2014.

Source: Northumberland View


Last updated on: 2013-11-24 | Link to this post