Bench Reminder to Drivers
Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Toronto chapter unveiled the public bench, on May 16, to raise public awareness about impaired driving.
“We are very proud to have the bench here in recognition of the wonderful partnership we have with Toronto Police,” said MADD executive director Everilda Ratnakumar. “We want this bench to serve as an important reminder to everyone who sees it, a reminder about the terrible and tragic toll impaired driving takes and a reminder that every single person has the power to prevent impaired driving.
“We want people to truly understand that impaired driving is not a mistake. It’s not an accident and it’s not something that just happens. It is a decision that someone makes behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.”
Ratnakumar said impaired driving is 100 per cent preventable.
“When people make responsible decisions and when they plan ahead for a sober ride home, impaired driving is prevented,” she said. “We hope this bench will remind people that impaired driving is simply not worth the risk.”
Deputy Chief Mike Federico said the bench is an important symbol of a very serious public-safety risk.
“We hope this bench will serve as an important reminder to the general public of the terrible tragic toll that impaired driving takes on individuals, on families and on our community,” he said. “We truly want people to understand that impaired driving is not a mistake, it is not an accident or something that just happens. This is a deliberate choice that community members make and we want them to make a good choice.
“…When people make responsible decisions and plan for a sober ride home, impaired driving is prevented. We hope this bench will remind people that impaired driving is simply not worth the risk, not to the innocent people involved in the crash and not to the individual making the choice to get behind the wheel impaired…Here, in Toronto, we ae rightly concerned about the violence in our city, the shootings and the homicides, but the deaths and injuries associated with impaired driving far outnumber violent incidents that this city experiences.”
Four people are killed and 175 injured daily in Canada by impairment-related crashes.
Approximately, 65,000 Canadians are affected by impaired drivers annually.