Saskatchewan has a long list of victims of impaired driving, and there’s no shortage of drunk driving stories coming out of the province every month.
Because it’s such a widespread problem and there have been so many lives lost at the hands of Saskatchewan drunk drivers, the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) would like to create a stone provincial memorial for all victims of impaired driving.
MADD would like the monument placed in a spot in Saskatoon with decent foot traffic, and as they’ve made their efforts known, the organization has gathered support. The extended family of the Van de Vorsts, a couple and their two children who were killed at the hands of a Saskatchewan drunk driver, have joined with MADD. Along with the Van de Vorsts is the family of Danille Kerpan, a young woman who was killed by a drunk driver when she was driving to Davidson in 2014.
If Saskatchewan receives its stone monument the province will join in with other provinces who already have MADD monuments including East Coast provinces like Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. There are currently monuments in the works for Prince Edward Island and Quebec too. On the stones will be carved the names of their own victims of impaired driving, and as with all other monuments, there will be a blank space left to add even more names in the future.
Until people stop making the choice to drink and drive, whether that’s in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, or Newfoundland, there will be an endless list of people who will be added to memorialize. That’s the really tragic part of these monuments: although it’s a beautiful testimony to the people who have died, there are more people killed due to drunk driving every day.