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Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey, centre, receives MADD Canada’s Citizen of Distinction award from MADD Canada national president Denise Dubyk and Gregg Thomson, MADD Canada national board chairperson.
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada has chosen a Prince Edward Island cabinet minister to receive its Citizen of Distinction award.
The Citizen of Distintion award is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed significantly to the anti-drinking and driving movement in Canada.
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey was given the award for his work on the Impaired Driving Summit held in February and the resulting impaired driving legislation.
Vessey received the award at MADD Canada’s National Leadership Conference Friday in Toronto.
“MADD Canada is very thankful for Minister Vessey's commitment to reducing impaired driving and improving road safety in Prince Edward Island,” said MADD Canada chief executive officer Andrew Murie. “His efforts were directly responsible for a highly productive stakeholder summit on impaired driving that resulted in policies and strategies aimed at reducing impaired driving throughout the province.”
“It is gratifying that we have been recognized by MADD Canada for the steps we have taken to make our highways safer by combating impaired driving,” Vessey said. “If anyone hasn’t heard that impaired driving is unacceptable on Prince Edward Island, hopefully we are making that message perfectly clear.”