MADD warns of impaired driving dangers this Labour Day weekend

Published: August 30, 2019

Updated: September 1, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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Canadians are preparing for the long Labour Day weekend and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) has urged motorists enjoying the extra day off with alcohol-related activities to leave their vehicles at home.

Along with local police, MADD is spreading the word on the dangers of impaired driving. In collaboration with Kennebecasis Regional Police, a MADD road check was erected in Rothesay, N.B., with information pamphlets given to drivers to advise them against impaired driving.

“Unfortunately people see an increase in impaired driving during long weekends,” said Gina Hooley, chapter president of MADD Saint John.

“People are celebrating. It’s the end of summer kickoffs, back to school (and) work promotions. We just want people to be safe while they’re doing that.”

Hooley highlights the perils of impaired driving, saying it kills four people and causes 175 injured people every day in Canada. She points out if motorists properly plan ahead, leave their vehicle at home, and don’t drive impaired, those deaths can be prevented.

“You know that before you go out you need a safe drive home,” said Hooley. “Make that plan. Have an action ready to go. Leave the car home.”

Police have said they will be conducting spot checks through the province to find drink-drive offenders.

“(Police will be) stopping cars on a regular basis, checking for impaired driving and potentially road checks,” confirmed Sgt. Mike McCaig of the Saint John Police Force. “Obviously we don’t advertise where and when we’re doing it but we certainly will be looking at that during the holiday weekend.”