Monday February 20, 2012

School News

Damages Done

Taking the message of drunk driving to Chilliwack school kids Feb 21-22

Submitted by T Crawford MADD Canada/Voice file photo



ADD Canada wants to get young people thinking about the human impact and legal consequences of impaired driving with "Damages", its 2011-2012 School Assembly Program.

Damages will be presented on February 21st at Rosedale Middle School at 9:00 am and Chilliwack Middle School at 1:00 pm and on Feb 22nd at Vedder Middle School at 8:40 am.


In the dramatic mini-movie, students follow Jesse from his terrible decision to drive impaired through the resulting horrific crash and into the criminal justice system where he must face the consequences of his actions. Jesse's bright future and plans for university are replaced with the possibility of a prison term and a criminal record.

"The characters are fictional but the scenarios are all too real," said MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk.

Drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 are significantly over-represented in alcohol-related crash deaths. In 2006, that age group accounted for 13.2% of the population but they made up 33.4% of the total alcohol-related crash deaths. The combination of drugs and driving is also a major concern; Canadian youth between the ages of 14 and 25 have one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world.

"With our school program, we want to get students thinking about safe choices and how to protect themselves," Ms. Dubyk said. "We want to reinforce the messages about never driving impaired, or accepting a ride from someone who is impaired. We want them to understand that it is never worth the risk."

Following the fictional story, students see video testimonials from Kelly Brook, Kali O'Dell, Christie Ward and Noel Ward, all of whom have lost loved ones in impaired driving crashes.

The School Assembly Program has been a cornerstone of MADD Canada's youth services since 1994. By presenting students with solid information and best practices to help them understand the issue of alcohol and/or drug impaired driving, MADD Canada hopes to enlist all young people in the effort to end impaired driving.

For more information online visit: call Deb at 1-800-665-6233 ext 240 or send an e-mail here.

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