Minto Express editorial
It’s remarkable how stubborn and self-destructive humans can be.
Word that the Ontario Provincial Police caught more impaired drivers this holiday season than many previous years came out recently, reiterating what many of us have feared for some time: drunk drivers are not getting the message.
Just under 700 drivers were charged with having a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.08 during the OPP’s Festive RIDE campaign. That’s 700 too many, as far as we’re concerned. All it takes is one impaired driver to injure or kill someone else or themselves.
Recently, The Minto Express interviewed Lise McNally who is involved with MADD Wellington County. Lise said drunk drivers have no idea how far the consequences of their actions actually reach.
Her daughter, Kate, was killed in a collision in which the other driver admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving. Lise and her family were devastated by the loss and still struggle, years later, to cope with life without their beloved daughter and sister.
Kate’s co-workers, one of whom was in the vehicle with her the night she died, were also affected. No doubt many of them still think of her often. Kate’s friends, crushed by her sudden death, will always feel a loss within their hearts in the very place she used to be.
Lise told the Express she will never see her daughter get married. She will never hold her grandchildren.
What a crushing blow it must be to the McNally family, and to the families of all who died in such a senseless way, that their stories, their losses and their pleas for responsible drinking and the safety of all Canadians still fall on deaf ears.
How discouraging it must feel to read the statistics of hundreds charged with alcohol-related driving offences after the hours and days and months and years of work to spread the word that impaired driving must end.
Those who insist on driving under the influence need take a good hard look at their spouses, children, parents, friends and everyone they love and put themselves in another’s shoes for a moment. How would they feel if someone they cherished so deeply was taken from them through the actions of one thoughtless, selfish act by another?
MADD Wellington County, the OPP and media, including The Minto Express, will continue to put out the message no matter how long it takes to get it through. We challenge those who consume alcohol to take a cab, stay overnight or designate a sober driver.
We can improve these disappointing statistics and ensure 2013 is a brighter year for safe travels across the province. We can help ensure no family is forced to celebrate this year’s holiday season without a treasured loved one close by.