Initiative to stop impaired driving

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - After his family was ripped apart by the tragic
and senseless death of his brother Tim, Doug Abernethy wanted to do something
about the carnage caused on our roads by people who drink and drive.
    It was the May long weekend and the two were heading off for a weekend of
fishing - Tim was eager to be going with his new fishing rod.
    "We never made it to the lake. A driver with a blood alcohol level of
three times the limit smashed into us head-on. Tim and I were taken to the
hospital where doctors attempted to relieve pressure from my brother's life
threatening head injury by drilling holes into his skull. My 15-year-old
brother died", said Abernethy.
    "Tim never knew what it was like to graduate from high school. A drunk
driver at 15-years-old snuffed out my brothers life", Doug said.
    Over the years Abernethy has worked at various initiatives to stop
impaired driving.
    Doug's latest move in the war against drinking and driving has been the
launch of the Ontario R.A.I.D. (Report All Impaired Drivers) program.
Currently the program is working in 38 O.P.P detachments. Doug said, "My goal
is to involve all OPP detachments across Ontario. I would also like to gain
support from local police services". The program asks any citizen to
immediately report suspected impaired drivers to OPP cell (*) OPP (677) or
9-1-1. Over 90,000 RAID wallet-cards have been distributed at RIDE checks in
the province by the O.P.P. O.P.P. Commissioner Julian Fantino has endorsed
RAID. "I am grateful for the corporate sponsorship of CAA Insurance for RAID",
Doug said.

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For further information: Doug Abernethy, (705) 329-3338

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