Saskatchewan’s first-ever memorial to honour the victims of impaired driving will be unveiled Tuesday afternoon near Saskatoon.
On the memorial will be the Van de Vorst name, the family of four was killed in January 2016 when their vehicle was hit by a woman who was driving drunk.
Andrew Murie is the CEO of MADD Canada. He says the memorial – while remembering the family – also serves as a reminder to the consequences of impaired driving.
“And it brings a lot of relief to the family,” Murie said. “Even though these were horrible, tragic consequences, hopefully others will see this memorial and think twice about driving impaired.”
Murie says it will be the first memorial of its kind in Saskatchewan.
“So the Van de Vorst memorial will be unveiled at the roadside,” Murie said. “Family members will be there as part of the memorial and dedication service.”
Murie says MADD is grateful to see Saskatchewan – a province where impaired driving is an enormous issue – come on board with the memorial signs.
“We’ve had these memorial roadside monuments in a number of provinces,” Murie said. “We’re very pleased to see that Saskatchewan has come on board and we think it’s very appropriate for the Van de Vorst family to be the first one.”
The memorial will sit on the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 11 near Wanuskewin Road.