Tignish MLA offering designated driver service

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TIGNISH – For the second year in a row, Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry will do his part to make the roads safer over the holiday season.

Perry is offering free transportation to residents in the Tignish area over the Christmas holidays and New Year’s Eve.

“I’ve already been out two nights,” Perry said Monday. “There are so many facets as to why I’m doing this but one of them is (to) raise awareness and educate people on the dangers of drinking and driving. There are choices to make and to drink responsibility. If you’re going out, plan ahead.”

Perry said he is offering a service to the people in the area so they will not have to drink and drive.

“As an MLA, my profile is a little raised and I can take advantage of that and give back to my community,” he said. “The satisfaction I get from knowing I took someone off of the street that may have potentially been drinking and driving, it’s a great feeling.”

Last year, Perry drove 50 people home on New Year’s Eve.

“I wanted to do it again this year to ensure the novelty wasn’t just that one year,” he said. “If it goes well again this year, and it looks like it’s going to be even a greater success than last year, I want to expand this to as many rural Island communities as possible.”

He said that involves getting individuals within those communities involved. Discount Car Rental was kind enough to lend me a seven-passenger vehicle for the New Year’s Eve weekend and that’s a fantastic help,” Perry said. “I have had people come up to me that have lost members of their families as a result of drinking and driving and wanted to make donations – even donations to cover my gas.”

 But Perry is paying for the gas himself.

“It’s my way of giving back to the community,” he said. “I will take donations and make a donation to MADD Canada’s Red Ribbon Campaign.”

Perry said society needs to change how it views drinking and driving.

“We have to make sure society doesn’t tolerate anyone that’s behind the wheel, who’s been drinking, driving,” he said. “I have teenaged boys and I want them to grow up and be responsible and to make responsible decisions. And not only not to get behind the wheel drunk but don’t get into a vehicle with somebody that might be driving drunk. It’s all about choices.”




Organizations: MADD Canada

Geographic location: TIGNISH, Iceland

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  • don
    December 26, 2012 - 21:44

    is there any other MLA'S out there that has the back bone and the caring for his fellow islander to do the same? oh i forgot the liberals are takers and beside they would not take a chance LOL. THANK YOU MR PERRY AND THE COMPANIES AND OTHERS THAT IS HELPING YOU.

  • don
    December 26, 2012 - 10:24

    i agree Mr Perry is the only one in government that cares for the people of his area? but i wonder is he using a government car? if yes good at least the tax payers money is being used for the good. Perry you are setting a good example for members shame the rest are thinking of themselves only like the liberals

  • don
    December 25, 2012 - 16:41

    what a joke "latest news" posted the 24th of Dec. but cbc had it posted the 23rd of Dec. i really think this news paper should pot only sport news. as the main headlines is sports and leave the real news to the guardian.

  • Dean Myers
    December 25, 2012 - 07:20

    I think this is a great idea that will save lives for sure. I commend Mr. Perry for making a difference.There were for more impaired charges laid just this past weekend on our island, when are the people going to learn. Keep up the good work Mr. perry, we need more people like you in this world, thank you.

  • Great Job
    December 24, 2012 - 19:32

    Mr Perry is to be commended. After the recent tragedy I hope those who need to take him up on the offer. No matter what, it is NEVER okay to drive under the influence. Call 911 and report family and friends, you may be saving their life. Merry Christmas Mr Perry.