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OAKVILLE, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/20/12 -- Together with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and road safety and victim support organizations across the country, MADD Canada will observe a National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims on Wednesday, November 21.
This 4th annual National Day of Remembrance in Canada is an opportunity to remember those killed or seriously injured in road crashes, and the friends and family members left behind. The day will be marked with a series of local events held by road safety and victim support organizations, schools and community groups across the country. For more information, visit: ccmta.ca/remember_souvenez-vous/home.php
. : ccmta.ca/remember_souvenez-vous/home.php
. The web site includes a tribute page where people can honour their loved ones.
"On this day, we honour all victims of road crashes, and their families and friends," said MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk. "We join together and, with one voice, call on everyone to help improve road safety and prevent further tragedies from occurring."
The National Day of Remembrance is observed in many countries around the world. An estimated 1,200,000 people are killed around the world every year in road traffic crashes. In Canada, nearly 2,200 people are killed and another 173,000 are injured in road crashes every year. A significant portion of those are impairment-related crashes.
As Ms. Dubyk knows, this time of year is especially hard for those who have lost loves ones in road crashes or who themselves have suffered serious injuries. Her son-in-law Darryl was killed in an impaired driving crash in 2000. "As the holidays approached, that first year after Darryl was killed, we had no idea what to do. We tried our best to carry on with the special traditions, but the reality was that everything had changed. As we sat down to Christmas dinner, there was an empty place at the table. And there has been an empty place every year since."
As a victim support organization, MADD Canada is dedicated to helping those who have lost a loved one or suffered a serious injury as a result of an impaired driving crash. The organization offers a number of resources for victims, including: emotional support through a toll-free 1-800 phone line and through local Chapters and Community Leaders; injury resources; court accompaniment; online tributes; an annual Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance and National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving; and a series of brochures such as Trauma, Loss and Bereavement and Coping with Life after Injury.
To download brochures or other resources for victims, visit the MADD Canada web site at www.madd.ca.
MADD Canada is currently in the middle of Project Red Ribbon, its annual campaign to promote sober driving during the holiday season. The campaign continues until January 7, 2013.
About MADD Canada
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. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.