Mad about MADD

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On this September 5th, the International Day of Charity, I wanted to shed the light on MADD Canada, a charity Assiff Law has recently donated to.

MADD Canada was formed in 1989 to create a national network working to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime. The charity offers free services, resources and referrals to help victims, survivors and their families cope with the emotional, legal, medical and financial aftermath.

Thousands of individuals, corporations, foundations and groups across Canada have been joining this effort, and I am extremely proud that Assiff Law is now one of them.

As personal injury lawyers, drunk driving is a prominent issue that we have to deal with on an almost daily basis. By supporting MADD Canada, we want to highlight the importance of raising awareness around this issue, in the hope of helping prevent injuries before they even occur.

You can help too!

Each year, MADD Canada offers services to 20,000 victims and survivors across Canada.

While the exact number of lives saved as a result of the work done by MADD Canada (along with its predecessor organizations and many other groups) cannot be known with certainty, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the number of lives saved at 42,526 between 1982 and 2013.

While such numbers provide an insight on the tremendous progress that has been made, 45,394 Canadians were killed in alcohol-related crashes in this same period, and impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death in this country.

We encourage you to support MADD Canada’s mission by participating in any of its programs or awareness campaigns in Alberta. A donation can also help make a difference.

To learn more about how you can get involved, or to make a donation, visit the Volunteering and Donate sections of MADD’s website.

Norm Assiff

Norm Assiff

Norm was awarded the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (ACTLA) President's Award for 2012--awarded to a member of the Alberta bar who has distinguished himself or herself by his or her contribution to the profession or the community, the advancement of the law or their service to ACTLA. He has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta (Provincial Court, Queen's Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal) as well as the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Federal Court of Appeal.

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