February 21, 2007

MADD Canada calls for zero tolerance for snowmobilers

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada have announced they are joining forces for a National Zero Tolerance Awareness Day on February 24, 2007.

Under the slogan, “Zero Tolerance I say until I am done for the day,” the two not-for-profit associations are focusing their efforts to remind snowmobilers that 0.00 per cent Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is the only acceptable number when operating a snowmobile. MADD Canada is appealing to its local chapters across Canada to raise the issue, while the CCSO is enlisting participation from Canada’s 868 snowmobile clubs.

“For several years, the CCSO has endorsed the position that a 0.08 per cent BAC is not good enough while engaged in snowmobiling,” says CCSO Executive Director Dennis Burns. “Alcohol affects your judgment and your reflexes, and our Zero Tolerance position calls for total abstinence from alcohol while operating a snowmobile until you are finished riding for the day. We challenge other motorized recreation organizations to adopt this Zero Tolerance approach.”

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