Keep the stretcher empty this holiday weekend

    TORONTO, July 30 /CNW/ - The 20th arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) campaign is
being showcased at events over the next week to remind the public of the
dangers of impaired driving especially during the summer months. Summer
students, paramedics, and police officers will share information and 15,000
arrive alive DRIVE SOBER passports to safety to raise awareness to prevent
impaired driving and the injury it can cause.
    EMS Chief Bruce Farr advises "summer is a time of year when people are
getting together and having fun, but our paramedics also see an increase in
traumatic traffic and boating incidents, many of them alcohol-related. It's
important that people remember to not let their guard down during the summer
season, or any time of year."
    "OCCID reminds drivers and boaters that the consequences for impaired
driving/boating are significant and include long licence suspensions, costly
increases to insurance premiums, a criminal record, and remedial measures and
ignition interlock as part of the reinstatement process," said OCCID Executive
Director Anne Leonard, "keep the stretcher empty by planning a safe ride

    -   Wednesday July 30th  Awareness Display with Toronto Emergency Medical
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           10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Yonge-Eglinton Centre, northwest corner

    -   Thursday July 31st  Awareness Day with Toronto Transit Commission
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           AM + PM rush hours - Bloor-Yonge Subway Platform

    -   Wednesday, August 6th  Toronto Blue Jay Baseball Club, Toronto Police
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           5:45 P.M. - 7:15 P.M. - Gate 5 - Visit us before the game

    OCCID gratefully acknowledges The Beer Store and the Ministry of
Transportation for their support.

    Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving is a registered charity
operating in Ontario since 1989 (officially) and has been the organizer of
arrive alive DRIVE SOBER(R) since that time. We do not telemarket. We do not
use any paid fundraisers.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Anne Leonard, (416)
485-4411(Office) or (416) 578-4829 (Cellular)

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