Impaired Driving and Long Weekends: A Deadly Combination in Northwestern Ontario

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Impaired Driving numbers are up in Thunder Bay. What should be done?

Lets Break the Impaired Driving Tradition Starting This Weekend!

Thunder Bay – LIVING – As the Canada Day long weekend approaches, the anticipation of celebrations is tinged with concern over the potential for impaired driving incidents. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada is reminding everyone to prioritize safety and avoid driving under the influence. The organization highlights that this holiday, marking the start of summer, often sees a surge in alcohol, cannabis, and drug-related crashes.

The Grim Reality of Impaired Driving

Every year, impaired driving results in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries across Canada. Tanya Hansen Pratt, MADD Canada’s National President, emphasizes the importance of making safe choices. “We want everyone to enjoy their Canada Day celebrations and make wonderful memories with family and friends,” said Ms. Hansen Pratt, who lost her mother to an impaired driver in 1999. “It is crucial that these memories are happy and not marred by an impaired driving crash.”

Tips for a Safe Canada Day Weekend

MADD Canada is urging all Canadians to prevent impairment-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities by following these safety tips:

  • Plan Ahead: Ensure you have a safe and sober way to get home.
  • Avoid Driving Impaired: Never operate a car, boat, ATV, or any vehicle while impaired.
  • Stay Alert: Never get into a vehicle with a driver who is impaired.
  • Report Impaired Drivers: Call 911 if you suspect someone is driving impaired.

Local Impact in Thunder Bay

In Thunder Bay and across Northwestern Ontario, the long weekend often sees an uptick in local festivities. With celebrations spanning from fireworks displays to family gatherings at campgrounds and cottages, the risk of impaired driving is a significant concern. Local law enforcement agencies are gearing up to increase patrols and checkpoints to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.

Using Technology for Safe Rides

For those in Thunder Bay looking for a reliable ride home, URide is a great choice. Also consider Uber, MADD Canada’s Official Designated Driving App, Which offers a convenient solution. Ensuring a safe journey at the push of a button, Uber can be a lifesaver for those who may have indulged in the festivities.

A Call to Action for the Community

“Canada Day is a time of joy and pride for our beautiful country,” said Ms. Hansen Pratt. “Let’s all do our part to ensure it remains safe and happy for everyone. Remember, impaired driving is not worth the risk – not to you, your passengers, or anyone else on the road.”

As Thunder Bay prepares for a weekend of celebrations, the message from MADD Canada is clear: plan ahead, stay sober if you’re driving, and ensure everyone can enjoy the holiday safely.

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