More impaired drivers will be taken off the streets, making Nova Scotia roads safer through a campaign by the province and Mothers Against Drunk Driving that encourages and empowers citizens to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Campaign 911, a nationwide initiative to help rid roads of impaired drivers, was launched today, Dec. 15 in Halifax. Impaired drivers kill about 22 Nova Scotians each year. “We know that impaired driving is the number one cause of criminal death in Canada,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “Calling 911 to report a suspected impaired driver will help reduce the number of tragedies on our roads.” Campaign 911 was first introduced by MADD Canada in 2007 and now has programs in nine provinces. Effective 911 programs increase arrest rates for impaired driving by as much as 50 per cent. “MADD Canada is so pleased to partner with the government of Nova Scotia and the RCMP to bring this valuable program to our province,” said MADD Canada president Margaret Miller. “Encouraging the public to call 911 and report suspected impaired drivers is a crucial way to help police keep our roads safe. Every call to police could save a life or prevent an injury.” Possible signs of an impaired driver include exceptionally wide turns, drifting in and out of lanes, tailgating, changing lanes frequently, and disregarding signals and lights. Drivers are advised to pull over safely, call 911 and provide a description of the vehicle. “Road safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said RCMP Insp. Sput McCarthy. “It’s up to all citizens to assist police agencies and call 911 if they believe they have observed an impaired driver. The RCMP’s goal is to reduce harm and save lives.” “Unfortunately, in spite of all of our efforts, people continue to drink and drive,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley. “In fact, Halifax Regional Police charged 500 people with impaired driving so far this year and issued 86 24-hour suspensions. “Halifax Regional Police is proud to support MADD Canada and the important work they do in the fight against drinking and driving.” The province will install 13 highway signs during the holiday season to remind drivers to call 911 to report the crime. Impaired driving is one of the leading factors in fatal collisions in Nova Scotia. To date in 2009, there have been 18 fatalities in the province involving impaired drivers. Last month, the province passed some of the toughest legislation in the country to fight impaired driving. New legislation will increase the suspension time for people who register .05 on a roadside alcohol screening test.
code:2<^^company says@<^THE CANADIAN PRESS@< TORONTO _ Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba Group’s onlinepayment platform AliPay will officially launch in Canada through apartnership with Canadian tech firm Snap Pay Inc.< Canadian retailers will be able to accept Chinese currency fromChinese shoppers starting this week.< AliPay North America president Souheil Badran says the companywants to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access theChinese market.< He says more than 450 Canadian merchants already accept AliPay inan unofficial capacity.< But the partnership gives the payment platform an opportunity toaggressively explore opportunities for expansion in the education,winery, restaurant and retail sectors.< The company touts the increasingly lucrative role Chineseconsumers could play for Canadian businesses, given the country’sgrowing middle class.< AliPay was launched in 2004 and has more than 450 million activeusers.< “We want to continue offering Chinese consumers visiting Canadathe ability to pay as they would in China. But we also want to offerCanadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market,”Badran said.< AliPay surpassed PayPal as the world’s largest mobile paymentplatform in 2013. It is the payments platform division of onlinecommerce giant Alibaba, founded in 1999. The parent company operatesonline marketplaces and support services such as cloud computing,logistics and digital media.< The launch comes as Alibaba gears up to host heavy hittersincluding the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario PremierKathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory at its Gateway ’17 Canadaconference Monday in Toronto.< Trudeau will take the stage with Alibaba executive chairman andfounder Jack Ma at the conference aimed at promoting e-commerceopportunities for Canadian businesses in China.< Ma hosted Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland andCanadian business representatives at the company’s campus inHangzhou, China last September.< < < < < < <16:12ET 24-09-17<