MADD Canada warns to impaired driving this Halloween

Published: October 17, 2016

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is urging motorists to stay safe this Halloween and to avoid the temptation of driving while impaired. The groups says road safety is its focus this month to ensure drivers know the consequences of driving their vehicle after drinking.

"Let's leave the scary scenes at the Halloween parties and keep our roads safe from impaired driving," said MADD Canada National President Patricia Hynes-Coates.

MADD points out some easy tips for staying safe this month:

  • don't drive impaired — 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.

"No one ever thinks an impaired driving crash will happen to them. But it does happen to thousands of people every year," said Ms. Hynes-Coates, whose stepson Nicholas Coates was killed by an impaired driver in 2013. "These drivers never imagine they'll cause a crash that injures or kills someone, but that is the tragic outcome for far too many families."

The public awareness group cites one case where impaired driving on Halloween results in tragedy. In 2006, with Halloween approaching, Laure and Greg O’Dell were transporting their two pre-teen children to their grandparents. During the journey, their car was hit head on by an impaired driver. The consequences were dire and lasting as both Laura and Greg were killed, while the children suffered serious injury.

"I'll never have my father walk me down the aisle when I get married. I won't have my mother there to hold my hand when I have my first child," said Kali, now 22 years old.

This is just one example of how the decision to drive impaired cost lives and changed lives permanently. MADD says it is simply not worth the risk.