Today Marks The Start Of MADD Canada’s Project Red Ribbon Campaign To Promote Sober Driving This Holiday Seaso
OAKVILLE, Ontario, Nov. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With the holiday season fast approaching, MADD Canada and its Chapters and Community Leaders across the country are launching the Project Red Ribbon campaign to raise awareness about the risks of impaired driving and to honour victims and survivors. Running from today until January 4, Project Red Ribbon encourages motorists to always drive sober. During the campaign, MADD Canada’s Chapter and Community Leader distribute red ribbons and red ribbon car decals for the public to display as a symbol of their commitment to sober driving. The ribbons also serve as a powerful tribute to the thousands of victims killed or injured each year in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs.“While the usual holiday gatherings and celebrations may be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the risk for impaired driving remains,” said MADD Canada National President Jaymie-Lyne Hancock. “Our red ribbons serve as a reminder to everyone that if you are going to be consuming alcohol, cannabis or other drugs, plan ahead for a sober ride home. Driving impaired is just never worth the risk.”The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness shared a message of support for today’s Project Red Ribbon launch. “The dangers and consequences associated with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be fatal. Today, we stand together to remember and honour the victims and survivors of impaired driving,” Minister Blair said. “Every Canadian driver is responsible for doing their part in keeping our roads safe. If you choose to consume alcohol or cannabis over the Holiday season, stay home and stay safe. It could save a life.”Ms. Hancock knows the devastation and tragedy of impaired driving all too well. Her brother D.J. was killed by an impaired driver in 2014.“No one gets behind the wheel thinking they may cause a crash that kills or injures someone,” she said. “But it happens all too often. Our red ribbons remind people that they can prevent these tragedies from happening.”To see Ms. Hancock’s special video message about Project Red Ribbon, visit: https://youtu.be/2_H-qP2c0x8 Wear it! Show your support by picking a day to wear RED in honour of Project Red Ribbon.Anyone who wishes to support Project Red Ribbon with a donation can do so online through the website, by calling 1-800-665-6233 or by texting “RIBBON” to 45678 (a one-time $10 donation is added to the donor’s cell phone bill and payable to his or her service provider.)About MADD Canada
MADD Canada 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. To learn more, visit www.madd.ca. For more information, contact: Jaymie-Lyne Hancock, MADD Canada National President, 705-623-3148 or . Deb Kelly, MADD Canada Communications Manager, 1-800-665-6233, ext 240 or .