Saturday, June 16, 2012
On the Road
Making Good Choices
It's graduation time and ICBC has some tips for grads
Released by ICBC/Screenshot of Road Safety Speaker Heather Charlton
s graduates are excitedly counting down their final days of high school, ICBC is asking parents to help the celebrations by making sure their teens plan ahead to get home safely. Every year, on average, 1,200 youth are injured and four are killed during the April, May and June grad season in the Lower Mainland.
"This is a very exciting time for thousands of British Columbia graduates and their proud families," said Kevin Falcon, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier. "We want youth to celebrate their accomplishments, and parents can help to ensure they do it safely. We donít want any family to suffer a tragedy, so weíre asking parents to talk to their grads and make sure they plan ahead for a safe ride home."
Few know the consequences of making poor choices like ICBC road safety speaker, Heather Charlton. Heather was 19 years old when she chose to drive her friends home after a night of drinking and partying. They were involved in a horrific crash that killed Heatherís best friend. Even 15 years later, she is still dealing with the consequences of that choice. Heather and other ICBC road safety speakers have been touring the province this spring to motivate teens to plan ahead and to think twice before taking risks behind the wheel.
"No one ever came to my high school and talked to me about what it would be like to go to the hospital the night of the crash, have my head stitched up and then be handcuffed and thrown in jail," said Heather. "No one ever talked to me about things like what it was like to walk through a funeral home with my best friendís parents, picking out caskets for their only daughter. No one ever told me that my own family wouldnít want me in their lives because of the harm that I caused and that nothing could change that. Iím sorry does not work in a story like mine."
Here are tips from ICBC to help parents talk to their grads and make sure they get home safely:
ICBC is committed to working with youth, parents, educators and community groups to help reduce crashes, identify the risks of the road and provide young drivers with strong decision-making skills.
You can find more on road safety, including helpful tips for young drivers on www.icbc.com.
Watch the video here.
*Statistics are based on 2006 to 2010 ICBC and police data. Youth are defined as age 16 to 21.
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