MADD installs stark holiday reminder about perils of driving impaired

Display of crosses at Sarnia Police Headquarters are designed to get drivers to think twice

Some 270 white crosses are now on display in front of Sarnia Police Headquarters as an annual reminder to the community about the impact of driving while impaired during the holiday season.

Each cross represents a life that will be lost across Canada during the holiday season due to impaired driving crashes, according to officials with MADD Sarnia-Lambton (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).

The local chapter’s installation took place on Saturday, November 2, the kick-off to this year’s campaign.

According to local police officials, charges are up about 60% over this time last year, with one of the reasons being drug-related crashes now factored into the statistics.

Many of the volunteers who help collect tolls during MADD Sarnia/Lambton’s Voluntary Toll Day are Lambton College students shown here.

Additionally, a disturbing trend is the fact that drivers are being caught with higher levels of impairment—a large percentage being well over twice the legal limit, according to Constable Giovanni Sottosanti.

In Lambton County, OPP report impaired numbers that are consistent with 2018. However, there were 63 alcohol-related charges in Lambton last year.  That’s a number that is far too high.  Serious crashes that are entirely preventable continue to occur.

Dozens of volunteers supporting MADD will be conducting voluntary tolls on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drivers in parking lots across our community will be asked for a donation in exchange for a red ribbon to display on their vehicle.

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