Halifax Today
November 27, 2019

If you’re crossing the Macdonald Bridge Thursday, you may encounter a volunteer from MADD Canada.

The organization will be at the tolls from approximately 10:30 a.m. to noon for their Project Red Ribbon campaign.

MADD Canada’s Atlantic director Anissa MacLeod said this is the third year in a row volunteers handed out red ribbons and collected donations at that spot.

“Most, if not all of them, are victims of impaired driving who have lost either a child, a sibling, a father, a husband to impaired driving,” she told NEWS 95.7’s The Rick Howe Show.

“Please be kind when you’re going through those tolls. It might take an extra 7 seconds of your time, but we’re doing it to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, asking you to make safe choices during the holiday season.”

That includes never driving impaired, never getting a ride with an impaired driver, and calling 911 is you see a driver you suspect is impaired.

MacLeod said the red ribbon is an important symbol reminding people of the potentially deadly consequences of driving impaired.

“It’s really important to pay attention to these victims,” she said. “They’re lives have been forever changed and severely affected by these losses.”

MADD Canada chapters across the country will be distributing over a million ribbons and red ribbon car decals from Nov. 1 to Jan. 6.

In October, Halifax Regional Police charged 43 drivers with impaired related offences. Nova Scotia RCMP charged 149 drivers throughout the province that same month.

Police say these are the signs of an impaired driver to watch for:

  • Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
  • Drifting in and out of lanes
  • Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
  • Making exceptionally wide turns
  • Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
  • Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
  • Disregarding signals and lights
  • Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
  • Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
  • Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather

Once you call 911, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Your location
  • A description of the vehicle, including the license plate number, colour, make and model
  • The direction of travel for the vehicle
  • A description of the driver if visible