Put the Car Keys Away If Raising Glasses of Holiday Cheer

As Canadians gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, MADD Canada is asking everyone to help make this holiday season free from impaired driving crashes.

“Our wish this holiday season is for every Canadian to make a commitment to safe and sober driving,” said Denise Dubyk, MADD Canada’s National President. “No one should have to deal with the tragic effects of this violent crime. If everyone does their part, we can stop impaired driving.”

At this time of year especially, the consequences of impaired driving are particularly difficult to bear. Families and friends gather together to celebrate the holidays, but someone very special is missing. For Denise, that someone special is her son-in-law Darryl who was killed in an impaired driving crash in 2000.

Darryl was a passenger in a pick-up truck being driven by an impaired driver. He was killed instantly when the pick-up hit a parked commercial moving van. In that moment, life changed forever for Denise, her daughter Tammy, and for Tammy and Darryl’s two young sons who would never enjoy another holiday with their Dad.

“These tragic losses do not need to happen,” added Ms. Dubyk. “Every year, hundreds of people are killed and tens of thousands injured in impaired driving crashes that are completely and entirely preventable.”

This holiday season, MADD Canada and its community partners, led by Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, ask Canadians to do their part to stop impaired driving.

“Every single person has the power to stop impaired driving,” said Chris Kiah, Allstate Canada President and Chief Executive Officer. “We join MADD Canada in asking everyone to help keep our roads safe from impaired driving, throughout the holiday season and all year long.”

About MADD Canada

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.

About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is one of Canada’s leading producers and distributors of home and auto insurance products. “The Good Hands Network(R)” enables consumers to contact Allstate Canada through one of 93 community-based Agencies, directly online at www.allstate.ca and through the Customer Contact Centre at 1-800-Allstate. Allstate Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates and has partnered with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada), Crime Stoppers, United Way and Junior Achievement. In 2010, Allstate Canada, in partnership with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), created the Allstate All-Canadians program, a mentorship program designed to guide the next generation of Canada’s hockey youth. Learn more at www.allstate.all-canadians.com.

Contacts: MADD Canada Denise Dubyk National President 403-970-8733

SOURCE: MADD Canada