The school will be hosting a MADD Canada School Presentation entitled "24 Hours" on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. for our grade seven and eight students.
It is never too early to teach our youth about the dangers of impaired driving and getting into a vehicle with an impaired driver. Traffic crashes remain by far the largest single cause of death among 16-25 year olds, and approximately 55% are alcohol and/or drug-related. While young people are significantly overrepresented in alcohol-related deaths as drivers, they are overrepresented to an even greater extent as passengers. The problem of impaired driving among youth in Canada is very real.
You may not have been aware that Canadians between the ages of 14 and 25 have one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. Therefore, the combination of drugs and driving is also a major concern for our young people.
The film being shown this year is called "24 Hours" and it opens with a fictional story that illustrates the tragic consequences of driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Throughout the film, students are shown times when this tragedy could have been prevented by making different choices. The second half of the movie contains real testimonials from victims/survivors of impaired driving. These are very emotional and powerful.
Although your child isn't driving yet, he or she will soon be thinking about the future possibility of driving, and may already find him/herself in situations where alcohol and drugs are present. As well, he/she may have opportunities to ride with an inexperienced teen driver. As they learn to be more independent, youth need to know the facts and be ready to avoid dangerous situations involving impaired driving.
It is hoped that, after your child sees this presentation, you will be able to have a family discussion about what was learned. By educating our future generation about impaired driving, lives will be saved and injuries prevented. Impaired driving is a senseless crime and is 100% preventable.
If you would like a preview of "24Hours", it is on the MADD Canada website:
Ms. T. Rak
Grade 7 & 8 Counsellor