MADD: Plan ahead for a safe ride home this fes­tive sea­son

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - GLOBE NEWSWIRE

As we head into the first week­end of De­cem­ber, the hol­i­day par­ties and gath­er­ings are ramp­ing up. MADD Canada and All­state In­sur­ance Com­pany of Canada are ask­ing all Cana­di­ans to keep the fes­tiv­i­ties safe by al­ways hav­ing sober trans­porta­tion home if al­co­hol and/or cannabis are be­ing con­sumed.

“Tragedies caused by im­paired driv­ing are 100% pre­ventable. This year, im­paired driv­ing took on a new mean­ing with the le­gal­iza­tion of recre­ational cannabis,” said All­state Canada Pres­i­dent and CEO Ryan Michel. “Re­gard­less if your hol­i­day party plans in­clude al­co­hol, cannabis, or any other sub­stance that can im­pair your abil­ity to drive, re­mem­ber to leave the driv­ing to some­one sober.”

Thou­sands of Cana­di­ans are killed and in­jured in im­paired driv­ing crashes ev­ery year. Dur­ing this hol­i­day sea­son, MADD Canada and All­state Canada are ask­ing Cana­di­ans to pre­vent im­paired driv­ing:

• don’t drive im­paired – book an Uber, call a cab, take pub­lic tran­sit, ar­range a des­ig­nated driver or plan to stay overnight;

• don’t ride with drivers who are im­paired;

• if you see a driver you sus­pect is im­paired, call 911 and re­port it to po­lice.

While a great deal of progress has been made in the fight against im­paired driv­ing over the years, the job is not fin­ished yet. Al­co­hol and drug-re­lated crashes con­tinue to be a deadly prob­lem on Cana­dian roads and con­tin­ued aware­ness ef­forts are cru­cial, es­pe­cially now that cannabis is le­gal.

“It only takes a few min­utes to plan out a safe and sober ride op­tion, and it can pre­vent an im­paired driv­ing charge, or, worse, a tragic crash that kills or in­jures some­one,” said MADD Canada Na­tional Pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Hynes-Coates.

MADD Canada’s hol­i­day aware­ness cam­paign, Pro­ject Red Rib­bon, will be in full swing through­out the month of De­cem­ber. Spon­sored by All­state Canada, the cam­paign in­volves hun­dreds of MADD Canada vol­un­teers in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try dis­tribut­ing red rib­bons and red rib­bon car de­cals for the pub­lic to dis­play as a sym­bol of their com­mit­ment to al­ways drive safe and sober.

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