Oakville, Ontario – The green pints will be flowing this weekend in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. MADD Canada and Allstate Canada are asking everyone to keep safety in mind and plan ahead for a sober ride home.

“An impaired driving crash is the last thing anyone is thinking about when mapping out their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations,” said MADD Canada National President Patricia Hynes-Coates. “But that’s the very real risk if you get behind the wheel after drinking or consuming drugs. Rely on good planning and a sober driver, not luck, to get home safely.”

Crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs claim hundreds of lives and cause tens of thousands of injuries every year. These senseless tragedies can be prevented by:

  • Never driving impaired;
  • Never getting into a vehicle being operated by someone who’s impaired;
  • Calling 911 if you see a driver you suspect is impaired.

“When your St. Patrick’s Day celebration wraps up, are you travelling home with a safe and sober driver, or are you risking an impaired driving charge, a licence suspension, a fine or, worse, a crash that kills or injures someone,” asks Allstate Insurance Company of Canada President and CEO Ryan Michel. “The choice is easy; plan now for that sober ride home so you can enjoy the festivities without worry.”

Plan for safe and sober transportation this St. Patrick’s Day. Call a cab, arrange a designated driver, take public transit or check out Uber, MADD Canada’s Official Designated Driver App.

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. To learn more, visit www.madd.ca.

About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is one of the country’s leading producers and distributors of home and auto insrance products, serving Canadians since 1953. The company strives to keep its customers in “Good Hands®” as well as its employees, and has been listed five years in a row on the Best Employers in Canada list. Allstate Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates and has partnered with organizations such as MADD Canada, United Way and Junior Achievement. To learn more about Allstate Canada, visit www.allstate.ca.

For more information, contact:
Deb Kelly, Communications Manager, MADD Canada, 1-800-665-6233, ext. 240 or dkelly@madd.ca
Anna Weigt-Bienzle, Senior Communications Specialist, Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, 905-475-4527 or aweigtbienzle@allstate.ca

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