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In 1989, MADD Canada was formed to create a national network of victims/survivors and concerned citizens working to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.
MADD Canada is made up of men, women and young people from all walks of life. And we welcome and encourage everyone willing to join in our efforts to stop impaired driving and to support victims/survivors.
No, MADD Canada believes that an individual’s decision to consume alcohol is a private matter but driving after consuming alcohol is a public safety matter.
MADD Canada is grateful for any time or talents you can give our organization, and it’s a great way to help ensure the safety of your community. Our local Chapters/Community Leaders offer many volunteer opportunities through their community programs and events.
MADD Canada offers free services, resources and referrals to help victims/survivors and their families cope with the complex emotional, legal, medical and financial ramifications.
MADD Canada defines a victim/survivor of impaired driving as anyone injured or affected by death or injury caused as the result of the actions of a driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Victims/survivors can call MADD Canada’s Victim Services Manager, Gloria Appleby, at 1-800-665-6233, extension 222, where she will address your concerns, answer your questions, and refer you to a MADD Canada Victim Services Volunteer in your area (if applicable) or simply listen.
As in any tragedy, the words we choose can be strength to a weary soul or salt in an already painful wound. Here are a few tips to help you:
If you know your neighbour drives impaired, i.e., you witness him/her arriving home and getting out of their car in an intoxicated state on a regular basis, you should contact the local police authority; give them as much information as possible, name, address, make and model of car, licence plate, etc. You may also try Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.canadiancrimestoppers.org.
While we understand that it is a very difficult decision to report a family member who drinks and drives to the police, it is the only way to report the crime. Due to the fact that we do not have first hand knowledge that a crime has been committed, MADD Canada cannot call the police on your behalf.
Understandably, you feel extremely frustrated and frightened for the safety of your children.
Understandably you are worried that if you contact the police that s/he will “take it out” on the children, however, more concern should be given to the harm s/he is putting them in if you don’t contact the police. Also, if the children are older than 10 or 11 years, they are at an age where they need to know the full impact of his/her behaviour, and the risk s/he is taking every time s/he drinks and drives with them in the car.
First of all, your son is to be commended for not driving impaired. Most parking lots and street parking spaces do have time limitations (anywhere from 2-14 hours), which may result in receiving a parking ticket once the time limit has expired. Your son can choose the option of going to court to explain the situation and contest the ticket, but there is no guarantee that the courts will dismiss the ticket. Unfortunately, MADD Canada does not have any authority in this area, and cannot get Parking Control to reverse the ticket.
Effective 911 programs increase arrest rates for impaired driving by 30%, on average, and we are seeing more and more incidents where police are stopping impaired drivers thanks to calls from citizens. Unfortunately, police are unable to respond to every call. They may be on their way to another emergency call, and by the time they respond to your call, the suspected impaired driver may have arrived at their destination. Police response rate is generally very high and we strongly encourage you to keep calling 911 if you see any other suspected impaired drivers. Also, in an effort to discourage impaired driving, the police may call or visit the person that you reported to let them know that they were reported as driving impaired, and they should seriously think about changing this behaviour.
MADD Canada recognizes the dangers posed by distracted driving, and the challenges in educating the public and changing their behaviours. While we certainly support all efforts to improve overall road safety, we have a very specific mandate to focus on alcohol and/or drug impaired driving. Our limited resources must be dedicated to that mandate, and our mission to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.
We believe this practice is inappropriate. An impaired driver could use this information to avoid detection and continue driving, and ultimately could cause a crash that kills or injures someone. People may not fully realize the seriousness of it. They may simply think they’re helping sober drivers avoid a couple of minutes at a checkstop. But there’s no way to tell whether it’s sober drivers or impaired drivers seeing that information. If it’s seen by someone who’s impaired, that information helps them avoid detection and continue driving impaired. Who wants to be on the road with that driver? Checkstops take just a couple of minutes of motorists’ time, and they promote road safety and help take impaired drivers off the roads.