Members of Leduc Enforcement Services, Fire Services, RCMP, Leduc Community Safety Advisory Committee, City Council, and MADD Canada were present in the launching of the RID 911 campaign in the City of Leduc on Wednesday, May 27th.
This was a proud moment for Leduc’s Community Safety Advisory Committee who has worked tirelessly to improve the safety of all of Leduc’s citizens. The Advisory Committee was established in 2012 whose primary goal is to establish and reach community safety program targets. Committee members represent the key sectors of the community and they were represented at the dedication of the RID 911 program. RID 911 began in 2007 by MADD Canada and has spread across Canada from coast to coast. It is a system that reminds citizens to call 911 to report impaired driving. Communities that instituted the program have seen an immediate reduction in impaired driving incidents.
Individuals have always been able to contact 911 to report possible impaired drivers what the RID 911 program does is make citizens more aware of that ability and allows for improved communications between the caller, the 911 operator, and the police. One of the major aspects of the program is the display of huge signs indicating the need to report impaired drivers. These signs help remind motorist that there is some thing they can do about an apparent impaired driver without risking their own safety. In communities where these signs have been placed the number of impaired charges has gone up while the number of fatalities has dropped.
During the unveiling of a RID 911 sign, Mrs. Cali Riley, whose daughter Krystal Dawn was killed in an accident involving an impaired driver, spoke passionately about the need for awareness and the ability to remove impaired drivers from the streets before another life is lost. Her daughter was a loving and outspoken young lady and would be proud of her mother’s willingness to support RID 911 and to speak for her daughter. Mrs. Riley is no stranger to the tragic impact impaired drivers can have on life as her daughter’s death was the second time she lost a loved one when, 27 years ago, her own fiancée also lost his life to an impaired driver.
The groups present at the dedication all contributed to a fund that was needed to acquire the RID 911 signs. During Mayor Krischke’s speech thanking all those who made this program possible he threw out a challenge to all surrounding municipalities that have not joined to support RID 911 to do so and help reduce the number of impaired drivers from the streets of Alberta.