Road Rally raises awareness about impaired driving


Published on May 9, 2017

Dana Gould took a speed test where she had to attach clothespins to a hanger while wearing goggles that impaired her vision. Holding the hanger is her teammate Melissa Stronge. Their team is called The 150 Girls in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

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AMHERST – Thirteen teams rallied through the wet weather on Saturday to take part in the Cumberland-Tantramar MADD Road Rally.

The rally started and finished at the Lions Club in Amherst and, at the finish, it was the Half Black Toyota team that came out on top with 57 points.

On average every day in this country four people are killed because of driving impaired, I’m not just talking alcohol, I’m talking drugs, and 175 people are injured.

Amherst mayor David Kogon

The MADD Road Rally raises awareness about the continuing problem of people driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs.

“I’m amazed, with the awareness we have of the hazards of drinking or using drugs and driving, that we haven’t almost eradicated it but, obviously, it’s still a problem and that’s why we’re all here today,” said David Kogon, mayor of Amherst before the team’s hit the road.

Kogon relayed a few facts about the dangers of impaired driving.

“On average every day in this country four people are killed because of driving impaired, I’m not just talking alcohol, I’m talking drugs, and 175 people are injured,” said Kogon.

Results from the MADD Road Rally are as follows (division in brackets):

1 – Half Black (Toyota) with 57 points

2 – Team Sullivan (Open) with 67 points

3 – The Hopefuls (Open) with 68 points

4 – The Beige Bullets (Ford) with 69 points

5 – Team Harrison (Open) with 73 points

6 – Team Rhonda (Toyota) with 75 points

7 – The Flying Nuns (Toyota) with 76 points

8 – Madd Skillz (Open) with 77 points

9 – Team Ross Fisher (Kia) 89 points

10 – The Stormies (Toyota) 94 points

11 – Team Pugsley (Open) 100 points

12 – Dow Loves Donuts (Open) 103 points

13 – The 150 Girls (Open) 104 points

Speaking on behalf of the volunteers and organizers Const. Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP thanked everybody who participated in the rally.

“We wish to again thank all those who did brave the weather and enjoyed the drive and rally,” said Dow. “We appreciate your kindness in spending this day with us and we hope you enjoyed the rally.”

He also thanked the sponsors, Jim Hatheway Ford, Scotia Hyundai, Amherst Toyota and Atlantic Kia.

MADD Cumberland-Tantramar thanked the rally helpers from the Amherst Lions Club, River Hebert District School, Oxford Regional Educational Centre, Tantramar High School, Middle Sackville Baptist Church, Restorative Justice and Nova Scotia Vehicle Compliance to name a few.