A picture of a 25-year old woman who was killed in an impaired driving crash is being shown across Saskatchewan as part of a partnership between MADD Canada and Westcan Group of Companies.
Danille Kerpan was killed in the crash on Thanksgiving weekend of 2014 on Highway 11 near Bladworth.
Her picture will be on the back of 40 truck trailers, along with a message to report impaired drivers.
Inspector Bonnie Ferguson with RCMP’s Central District says she has witnessed first-hand the devastating affects of impaired driving — including delivering the news to the victim’s family.
“It’s probably one of the more difficult things a police officer does during the course of their career,” said Ferguson. “These are loved one we say have been taken away from them. It’spermanent. And it’s as a result of someone’s actions to have a drink and get inside a vehicle. And that needs to stop.”
Allan Kerpan, Danille’s father, hopes to see Saskatchewan’s high impaired driving rates drop with initiatives such as the decals.
“The bottom line is someway we have to get to people’s attitudes in this province,” said Kerpan. “To get that message through that drinking and driving is not acceptable — it’s not socially acceptable.”
In 2015, 53 people were killed and 562 were injured in impaired driving collisions across Saskatchewan.