Have you ever experienced the phone or doorbell ringing in the middle of the night? It’s enough to make you jump out of your skin, if only because you’ve seen enough movies and heard the stories of how people get bad news when someone unexpectedly tries to get in touch after dark.
Now imagine how your heart would drop if that phone call or doorbell had a police officer on the other side. One look out the door or one second on the phone and your world would change in an instant. That’s the basis of this public service announcement (PSA) from Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada (MADD).
It’s hard to watch PSAs like this one and not feel the pain impact of drinking and driving. It hits home that thousands of people lose loved ones to drinking and driving crashes every year. In 2010 alone there were 2,514 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in Canada, and MADD Canada estimated that almost 1,100 of those were due to impaired driving.
Can you imagine how you would feel in the days following, when you found out that your loved one was killed because someone made the choice to drink and drive? Families of people killed in impaired driving crashes will tell you that they feel lost, alone, and don’t know where to turn for support, but that’s where MADD Canada steps in.
MADD Canada is an organization that’s about more than just educating people on the dangers of impaired driving and the benefits of ignition interlock devices for all impaired driving offenders. They also offer victim support services, and if you’ve lost a loved one in an alcohol-related crash or you’ve been injured yourself, they’ll step in and offer much-needed assistance when your world has been turned upside down.
For more information on the victim services MADD provides, please visit their victim services and resources page.