OAKVILLE, Dec. 29 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – As Canadians prepare to welcome 2022, MADD Canada is asking everyone to make a sober homecoming part of their New Years plans.

“However, you are ringing for the new year, be careful. If your plans include alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs, arrange for sober transportation, ”said Jaymie-Lyne Hancock, National President of MADD Canada.

MADD Canada’s first national survey on driving after using alcohol, cannabis or illegal drugs, released earlier this year, found a worrying number of people driving knowing they are likely impaired by the substance and that they frequently have passengers with them.

Everyone can do their part to prevent impaired driving and the devastating accidents that can result from it:

  • Never drive while impaired and never drive with an impaired driver. Call an Uber or taxi, take public transportation, find a designated driver, or plan to stay overnight.

  • Call 911 to report suspected impaired drivers.

“Getting behind the wheel while impaired is never worth the risk,” Ms. Hancock said. “You could lose your license. You could face hefty fines, fees, and insurance costs. You could go to jail. Worse yet, you could cause an accident that injures or kills someone. All of these horrific results are preventable when you plan a sober ride in advance. “

Those looking for a safe, sober and reliable ride home with the push of a button can check out Uber, MADD Canada’s official designated driver app. Visit https://www.uber.com/ca/en/ for more information.

“The MADD Canada family wishes everyone a happy, safe and healthy New Year and all the best in 2022,” said Hancock.

CONTACT: For more information, contact: Jaymie-Lyne Hancock, MADD Canada National President, 705-623-3148 or [email protected] Dawn Regan, MADD Canada Chief Operating Officer, 1-800-665-6233, ext. 223 or [email protected]