March 22, 2007

MADD Canada director receives international recognition for work on impaired driving

Oakville, Ontario – Professor Robert Solomon, Legal Policy Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, has been awarded the Widmark Award, the highest honour conferred on an individual by the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety. The award is presented for an outstanding, sustained and meritorious contribution to the advancement of science and research in areas relating to alcohol, drug and traffic safety.

Solomon received the award in recognition of his life’s work. He co-authored MADD Canada’s federal legislative reform agenda of 2000, Taking Back Our Roads, and has written numerous articles on the traffic safety benefits of a federal Criminal Code 0.05 per cent blood alcohol concentration limit for driving. He was also lead author for MADD Canada’s Rating the Provinces and Territories initiatives in 2000, 2003 and 2006, and more recently, co-authored Youth and Impaired Driving in Canada: Opportunities for Progress.

In his professional career, Solomon has served as a leading member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario for 35 years. He has been a champion of cannabis law reform for almost 35 years, was an early developer of comprehensive alcohol and drug policies for secondary schools, wrote the first Canadian review article on alcohol-related civil liability and has played a leadership role in the development of server and manager training programs across Canada.

The Widmark Award was established in 1965; Solomon is one of 27 individuals in the world to receive it.

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