Oakville, Ontario – As Canadians get ready to don emerald green and raise some pints to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, MADD Canada and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada are urging everyone to plan ahead for a sober ride home.

“Before heading out to celebrate all things Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, please be sure to have a sober ride home in place,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “Rely on good planning, not good luck, to get home safely.”

Every year, hundreds of people are killed and thousands injured in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. These tragedies are 100% preventable. If you’re headed out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, please:

  • Don’t drive impaired. Plan ahead for a sober ride home – book an Uber, call a cab, take public transit or arrange a designated driver.
  • Don’t accept a ride from a driver who may be impaired.
  • Call 911 if you see a driver you suspect is impaired.

“Let’s all make safety a priority on St. Patrick’s Day, and all year long,” said Ryan Michel, President and CEO of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. “The few minutes you didn’t take to plan your safe and sober ride home, could mean a lifetime of minutes taken from someone else. Driving impaired is never worth that risk.”

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 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 a leading home and automobile insurer focused on providing our valued customers prevention and protection products and services for every stage of life. Serving Canadians since 1953, Allstate strives to keep our customers and employees in “Good Hands®”. We are proud to have been named a Best Employer in Canada for seven consecutive years. Allstate is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it we operates and has partnered with organizations such as MADD Canada, United Way and Junior Achievement. To learn more, visit www.allstate.ca. For safety tips and advice, visit www.goodhandsadvice.ca.

For more information, contact:

Deb Kelly, MADD Canada Communications Manager, 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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