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P.E.I. residents encouraged to play active role in stopping impaired driving

RCMP Const. Stephen Duggan says no one should be in danger of driving "due to the careless decisions of others who drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs."
Cst. Stephen Duggan, P.E.I. RCMP officer and board member of MADD Canada, says everyone has to work together to stop impaired driving.

Islanders are urged to play an active role in stopping impaired driving behaviours that puts all communities at risk.

The consequences of impaired driving in Prince Edward Island are among the most severe in Canada. Though the penalties may have contributed to an overall decrease of charges laid in the last 10 years, impaired driving continues to be a significant problem in the province.

“Impaired driving on P.E.I. is not the sole responsibility of law enforcement to stop,” said Cst. Stephen Duggan, P.E.I. RCMP officer and board member of MADD Canada. “It is the responsibility of all Islanders to realize that we have to work together to stop impaired driving."

Duggan said local MADD chapters are entirely volunteer-based, and anyone who is interested in making a difference in their communities are encouraged contact their local chapter.

The province is beginning a public awareness campaign with law enforcement and first responder partners to encourage Islanders to change complacent attitudes and behaviours related to impaired driving and ultimately, to help save lives.

Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal injury and death in Canada and has caused hundreds of preventable tragedies across the province in the last decade.

To learn more about impaired driving, visit princeedwardisland.ca/impaireddriving.

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