MADD Expanding Campaign 911 Initiative Beyond Windsor
The local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is bringing its Campaign 911 sign initiative to the county.
MADD community leader Chaouki Hamka has been visiting county municipalities recently including Tecumseh this week, asking to install the signs which remind drivers to pull over and call 911 if they spot a suspected impaired driver.
Hamka says there are currently 45 signs in the City of Windsor and having received support from neighbouring towns, another 100 will be put up in the county.
He says similar signs are going up across Canada.
"Campaign 911 is a national program that encourages and empowers the public to call 911 to report suspected impaired drivers and just another reminder to themselves that they should never make the decision to drive impaired or get in a vehicle with somebody who has been drinking or doing drugs," says Hamka.
Community Leader for MADD Windsor and Essex County Chaouki Hamka seen at a Tecumseh Council meeting on April 9, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)
Hamka adds the signs will be strategically located.
"They're going to go into entry and exit points into the towns," says Hamka. "They'll be on major roads. They'll be in the downtown core, near bars, pretty much anywhere that's going to be visible in high traffic areas. So with the signs out there, and they're permanent, it's a constant reminder that you have the power and you have the courage to make a difference"
The new signs, which include an additional 15 in Windsor are expected to be installed by June 1.
The entire project was made possible through a donation from Caesars Windsor Cares.