NEW GLASGOW – New Glasgow was striding for change on Friday as police, representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and community members walked through downtown.
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Winnie MacDonald, president of the Pictou County chapter, was relieved to see the number of people who showed up to walk in the second annual event.
“It shows people there is great support out there,” MacDonald said, adding that it highlights the chapter’s presence in the community.
The walk also raises money for the chapter to go towards public awareness events, support programs for youth, and other areas.
For Susan MacAskill, regional manager for Atlantic Canada, the event serves as a way to remember her father who was killed by an impaired driver in Glenholme.
She said the organization is working with Justice Minister Peter MacKay in the hopes of establishing legislation that allows police to do random checks for drunk drivers.
MacAskill said the process takes less than a minute and would save 200 Canadian lives a year.
“If that’s your loved one, it’s worth it.”
She said Canada lags behind in its laws, adding that MADD would like to reduce the legal limit to 0.05 from the current limit of 0.08.
Susan Weir was another speaker at the event. She lost her cousin, Nick Coates, after his motorcycle collided with a pick-up truck on Aug. 16, 2013.
The driver of the truck was charged with impaired driving. The case is still proceeding in court.
“All his hard work and his dreams were gone in the blink of an eye.”
She said she wants her two-year-old son to grow up in a world where he doesn’t have to learn what it’s like to lose someone to drunk driving.
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