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MADD Canada Applauds New RCMP Initiative to Honour Officers Leading the Fight Against Impaired Driving

OAKVILLE, ON--(Marketwired - May 25, 2015) - MADD Canada was pleased to join the RCMP and Alberta Transportation in Alberta last Friday for the launch of a new initiative called Cpl. Cumming's Watch which recognizes and honours police officers for their work in detecting and removing impaired drivers from Alberta's roadways.

Cpl. Graeme Cumming, of the RCMP Lethbridge Detachment, was killed on August 12, 1998 by an impaired driver while attending a traffic incident. The RCMP and Alberta Transportation launched the Cpl. Cumming's Watch to honour his memory and to support and recognize front-line RCMP and municipal officers in their efforts to reduce the deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers.

For charging between 15 and 24 impaired drivers during a calendar year, officers receive a certificate of recognition and a Silver Challenge Coin. For charging more than 25 impaired drivers during a calendar year, officers receive a certificate of recognition and a Gold Challenge Coin.

Eight officers received their Gold Coin Challenge awards at ceremonies throughout the province on Friday. Twenty-eight Silver Coin Challenge recipients will be recognized at a later date.

"Police officers lead the fight to end impaired driving, and these officers truly exemplify the strong commitment police have to reducing impaired driving and preventing deadly crashes," MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie said. "MADD Canada representatives were honoured to attend these ceremonies and have the opportunity to personally thank these officers for their dedication."

About MADD Canada
MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads. To learn more, visit

For more information, contact:

Andrew Murie
MADD Canada
Chief Executive Officer

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