Road checks will con­tinue

Per­son­ally, if it was up to me, I’d be do­ing these road­side checks on a monthly ba­sis

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OPINION - Crys­tal Gillis Crys­tal Gillis, pres­i­dent of MADD Cen­tral P.E.I. <mad­d­cen­[email protected]>

A re­sponse to Maria Pochyl­ski, re: RCMP road checks de­lay concert-go­ers.

Maria - I just read your let­ter to the ed­i­tor on how MADD (Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing) in­con­ve­nienced you on Dec. 1 as you and a friend were head­ing to sup­per and a concert. I do apol­o­gize for the in­con­ve­nience - how­ever I do not apol­o­gize for bring­ing aware­ness to our Is­land on such an im­por­tant mat­ter that hits too close to home.

Dec. 1 was Na­tional Im­paired Driv­ing Day - and the lo­cal RCMP con­tacted MADD Cen­tral to do a road­side spot check - some­thing we don’t de­cline as they are few and far in be­tween due to the busy work load the RCMP has.

In the past sev­eral months, al­most on a weekly ba­sis, I have read the Guardian news­pa­per about an­other per­son get­ting caught for im­paired driv­ing. MADD does its best to bring aware­ness and an hour road side check is min­i­mal and only hap­pens once or maybe twice a year.

I had a lady stand­ing be­side me who lost her son by a drunk driver. I my­self have lost loved ones by peo­ple not think­ing be­fore they got be­hind the wheel. I will as­sume you have never lost a loved one to this sense­less crime and I hope and pray you never do.

Per­son­ally, if it was up to me, I’d be do­ing these road side checks on a monthly ba­sis. I’d much rather have a friend, or fam­ily mem­ber ar­rive some­where late to an event, then to get a phone call say­ing they were killed by a drunk driver on their way there.

What’s it go­ing to take to get peo­ple to stop drink­ing and driv­ing; and now with weed be­ing le­gal, my fear is stronger.

So, Ms. Pochyl­ski, if you have any sug­ges­tions on what we can do, other than a road­side check that was an in­con­ve­nience to you, to get our mes­sage out, here is my email. I look for­ward to hear­ing about it.

But un­til I see that there are no more im­paired drivers on the roads on P.E.I., I will not stop do­ing our road­side checks. My fam­ily and friends are too im­por­tant to me, not to bring aware­ness.

P.S. -- We are also plan­ning an­other road­side check for drunk drivers be­fore Christ­mas. Per­haps I’ll send you the date so it won’t in­con­ve­nience you next time.

GUARDIAN FILE PHOTO

Queens Dis­trict RCMP joined with the P.E.I. High­way Safety divi­sion to set up traf­fic stops at the start of Na­tional Safe Driv­ing Week. This Guardian file photo road check was on Route 2 in Grand Tra­cadie.

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