center, was presented with a plaque Monday February 11,
2002 by Dave Dawson, right, The Packet's assignment
editor, for being Orillia's 2001 Citizen of the
Year. Mayor Ron Stevens, left, congratulated
Abernethy during the ceremony at City Hall.
Readers of the Packet nominated Abernethy, the founder
of Orillia Against Drunk Driving, for his tireless work
for the last 5 years, to make an Alcohol Ignition
Interlock device mandatory in Ontario, for those
convicted of drinking and driving.
" He has
taken a personal tragedy in his life and turned it into
something positive with his relentless fight against
drinking and driving," said Orillia City Councillor
ceremony Doug thanked the many people who wrote
nominating letters to the editor of the Packet.
"It is a real honor to be chosen as Orillia's
Citizen of the Year for 2001." " I fully
believe that the passage of legislation for interlock in
Ontario will send a clear message that drinking and
driving will not be tolerated." "People
who operate a vehicle after they have been drinking
place not only themselves at risk, but other people who
share the road with them." --Doug Abernethy.
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