Driving sober a smart play

Summer is just weeks away, but millions of Canadians are focused on the ice in Vancouver instead.

  • Jun. 2, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Summer is just weeks away, but millions of Canadians are focused on the ice in Vancouver instead.

As the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins face-off for the Stanley Cup finals, MADD Canada is urging fans to make safe and sober driving part of their game.

“Stanley Cup fever has hit, not just in British Columbia but across the country,” said MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk. “Whether you’re lucky enough to be going to a game in Vancouver, watching on the big screen in your local pub or enjoying the game at home with friends, we ask everyone to be responsible. If you’re going to be drinking, leave the driving to someone sober.”

Getting behind the wheel impaired endangers not only you and your passengers, but it puts everyone on the road with you at risk. Every day, an average of four Canadians are killed and 190 are injured in impaired driving crashes.

MADD Canada urges fans to plan ahead if they’re going to enjoy some drinks while watching the games. Take a cab or a bus or arrange a designated driver.

“When the final buzzer sounds after each game, let’s be sure everyone gets home safely,” Ms. Dubyk said. “Do not drive impaired, do not let family members or friends drive impaired, and if you see a driver you suspect is impaired, call 911 to report it to police.”

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.