Friday, November 25, 2011

Action Sudbury Red Ribbon Kickoff

I have been volunteering for several years now with Action Sudbury - Citizens Against Impaired Driving. This organization was started by Sudbury Mayor Peter Wong in 1984 to raise local awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.

One program is our Annual Red Ribbon Campaign which encourages people to tie a red ribbon on their vehicle antenna or mirror as a pledge to always drive safe and sober. We hold a media event every November to kick this off. With media and dignitaries in attendance, we heard a number of speakers, donated funds to the Sudbury Unit of the Snowmobile Trail Officer patrol, donated funds to the Greater Sudbury Police Services to fund a RIDE sobriety spot check and provided funding for a local documentary on a major tragedy caused by a drunk driver. More information can be found in this Sudbury Star article.

I took a few photos of the proceedings:

Our small display board

Friend Gary, GSPS Constable Richard (sled cop) and STOP Officers Real and John

A familiar face

Normie (Abby Normal) and Brenda

OPP Inspector Fern Labelle and Sudbury Police Chief Frank Elsner (mug shot)

Nickel Belt Member of Provincial Parliament France Gelinas

Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk

It was a successful morning. Now it is up to each and every one of you.

Drive Safe!  Drive Sober! Report Erratic Drivers!

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