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  Festive RIDE Launches with an Emotional Appeal

Nov 17, 2015 15:00 ET

The pain is still visible on her face.

It was over eight years ago that an impaired driver took her brother's life in a tragic collision.

But Michelle Crabb still remembers Taylor and that fateful day of April 22, 2007 that changed so many lives.

On Nov. 17th, Michelle told the painful story once again, to try to change attitudes about drinking and driving in Durham Region. The occasion was the launch of the DRPS Festive RIDE campaign and Michelle's story brought tears once again.

Held at Fire Hall #2 just outside of Newcastle, the launch of this year's Festive RIDE campaign was a celebration of community partnerships. Drinking and driving affects everyone, not just the families involved. Emergency service workers from local fire departments and the Durham Region Paramedic Services are also impacted. So are doctors and nurses in ERs, who must face the challenge of repairing the damages done.

Each year, our Festive RIDE team takes over 100 drunk drivers off local roads during the six-week campaign. Officers have arrested 630 motorists for drinking and driving offences during the past five Festive RIDE campaigns.

For more information regarding the Festive R.I.D.E. campaign, contact D/Cst. Dave Ashfield of the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888- 579-1520 ext. 5226.

Below are attached files.
The Pain Continues (JPG file, 428.4K bytes)
2015 Festive RIDE Team (JPG file, 348.6K bytes)
Local Dignitaries Cut the Ribbon to Begin Festive RIDE 2015 (JPG file, 296.3K bytes)
Clarington Fire Chief Gord Weir Receives Award for his Dedication to RIDE from Supt. Joe Maiorano (JPG file, 181.4K bytes)
Michelle Crabb's Emotional Appeal to Stop Drinking and Driving (JPG file, 291.1K bytes)