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Manitoba, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): Manitoba's Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today that Manitoba is observing Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada and Project Red Ribbon on the commitment made to drive safe and sober to promote the message that death and injuries resulting from impaired driving are preventable.
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“Our government would like to thank Manitobans on their personal commitment to drive sober,” said Cullen. “Great strides have been made to reduce impaired driving including implementing our Immediate Roadside Prohibition. However, it continues to be a deadly problem on our roads and recognizing Project Red Ribbon helps to keep the sober driving message top of mind.”
In the time that Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) came into effect in Manitoba in Dec 2019, which implemented consequences to impaired driving at the time of the offence, to the end of September 2020, 782 drivers were removed from the road under the IRP legislation.
In 2020 to date, there have been at least 81 traffic collisions related to impaired driving, and at least 18 people killed and eight people seriously injured.
“Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility and impaired driving is completely preventable,” Cullen added. “Project Red Ribbon helps to share the message to drive sober throughout the holidays and the year.”
An average of four people are killed every day, said MADD Canada, in crashes where there is the presence of alcohol and/or drugs, with approximately 60,000 Canadians being injured every year. The financial and social costs exceed $20 billion a year.