September 12, 2007

MADD Canada author receives international award

Oakville, Ontario – Professor Robert Solomon has been presented with the Widmark Award, the highest honour presented to an individual by the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS). The award is presented for an outstanding, sustained and meritorious contribution to the field of alcohol, drug and traffic safety.

Solomon received the award for his life’s work in preventing impaired driving, with specific recognition for his work as the lead author of core policy documents of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada. He also coauthored MADD Canada’s federal legislative reform agenda, and numerous articles on the traffic safety benefits of a federal Criminal Code 0.05 per cent blood alcohol concentration limit for driving.

“While it is a great honour to have my research recognized, I think this award is largely attributable to the wonderful collaboration that I have with MADD Canada,” Solomon says. “Knowing that I have played a role with MADD Canada in reducing the number of impairment-related traffic deaths in Canada gives me a great sense of satisfaction.”

Solomon served as a leading member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario for 35 years. He continues to serve MADD Canada as Director of Legal Policy.

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