A SOBER­ING RE­MINDER

Rel­a­tives un­veil the first road­side me­mo­rial sign in the prov­ince at the site where four mem­bers of the Van de Vorst fam­ily were killed by a drunk driver in Jan­uary 2016.

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - FRONT PAGE - JONATHAN CHARL­TON jcharl­ton@post­media.com Twit­ter.com/J_Charl­ton

The names of a fam­ily of four who were killed by a drunk driver will serve as a warn­ing to driv­ers pass­ing by the site of their deaths.

Gov­ern­ment, po­lice and MADD Canada of­fi­cials joined the Van de Vorst fam­ily on Tues­day to un­veil Saskatchewan’s first of­fi­cial road­side me­mo­rial to vic­tims of im­paired driv­ing.

“It’s a big sign,” Lou Van de Vorst told re­porters. “Peo­ple will see it, and I hope when peo­ple look at it they will re­al­ize why that sign is there ...

“It’s such an easy thing to do, to take one drink too many and then get be­hind the wheel of your car. And it’s so easy to do, and it’s al­ways bet­ter to make sure you have a good plan be­fore you have a drink. So that’s what I would like to have peo­ple think about and re­ally con­sider be­fore they start drink­ing, be­fore they go out for the night. Have a plan.”

His son Jor­dan Van De Vorst, Jor­dan’s wife Chanda, their twoyear-old son Migu­ire and their five-year-old daugh­ter Kam­ryn died Jan. 3, 2016, when Cather­ine Loye McKay crashed into them while cross­ing High­way 11 from Wanuskewin Road. McKay later pleaded guilty to four counts of im­paired driv­ing caus­ing death and re­ceived a 10-year sen­tence and a 12-year driv­ing ban.

He and his wife Linda think about the fam­ily ev­ery day, Lou Van De Vorst said.

“We still love them just as much now as when they were gone. Now, the only time we see them is on a pic­ture.”

Linda urged ev­ery­one to take away peo­ple’s keys, call 911 or de­lay them from leav­ing — whatever has to be done — if they’ve been drink­ing.

“We all have a choice to make. And when we see some­one who is mak­ing a choice that could re­ally be detri­men­tal to their health, or some­one else’s health, and risk los­ing their fam­ily or some­one else’s fam­ily, then make a stand,” she said.

“Please help ev­ery­one get a safe ride home. We want you live, we want you to have your fam­i­lies and your loved ones. We wish we could have ours back — that was taken from us. So we want ev­ery­one else to re­al­ize you could lose yours too if you don’t stand up and make a de­ci­sion to do some­thing proac­tive.”

MICHELLE BERG

MICHELLE BERG

Linda Van de Vorst re­ceives a hug dur­ing the un­veil­ing of a road­side me­mo­rial at the site where she lost four mem­bers of her fam­ily to a drunk driver in Jan­uary 2016.

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