Sweet Life Road Show Committee

Sweet Life Road show 

The Sweet Life Road Show is a hands-on, interactive experience that raises teens’ awareness of the deadliest road risks, and shows them simple strategies to stay safe. This 2 ½ hour event is offered, free of charge to high schools across Ontario. It uses methods such as computer gaming and peer theatre to go beyond driver education classes and teach beginner drivers to make safe and strategic decisions (Teens Learn to Drive, Sweet Life Road Show).

The Sweet Life Road Show will be in Sault Ste. Marie the week of June 5th through 9th 2017 and will visit Korah Collegiate, Superior Heights, St. Mary’s College, White Pines and CASS.  Approximately 1500 students in grade 10 (and possibly grade 11) will experience 10 interactive stations that focus on the following areas of pedestrian safety, impaired and distracted driving, etc.

The community partners consist of the Ministry of Transportation, Algoma Public Health, Sault Area Hospital, Sault Ste. Marie Police Services, Ontario Provincial Police, Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services, Sault Ste. Marie Emergency Medical Services, Safe Communities Partnership Sault Ste. Marie, Arthur Funeral Home, Algoma District School Board, Huron Superior Catholic District School Board, Algoma Family Services, and March of Dimes. 

This event will raise awareness about the riskiest behaviours for teen drivers and provide them with protective strategies so they can smart decisions behind the wheel.  The ten stations include:

1.            Seatbelts and Air Bags

2.            Distracted Driving

3.            Drowsy Driving

4.            Sharing the Road with Trucks

5.            Emergency Situations – After the Crash – similar to the PARTY Program trauma station.  This station will promote key messages such as the importance of calling for help, ensuring that the person

                carries proper identification, how to position the person in the recovery position

6.            Pedestrian Visibility

7.            Graduated Driver Licensing and Road Rules

8.            Alcohol and Drug Impairment

9.            How to Speak Up as a Passenger

10.          Northern Issues - covers wildlife on the roads, signaling for help in remote areas and snowmobiles/ ATVs.

 

Free Contest For All Students!!!!

Create a 30-180 second Public Service Announcement addressing teen driver safety issues: More information and full contest details including rules and registration packages are available from your Public Health Nurse or online at http://sault.safecommunities.parachutecanada.org. Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 14, 2017 Use any medium to inform and motivate people to be more aware of the issue and change their driving behavior.  Distracted Driving  Aggressive Driving  Impaired Driving  Seatbelts

http://sault.safecommunities.parachutecanada.org/files/Get_Home_Safe_Contest_Poster_July_2017_(1).pdf

http://sault.safecommunities.parachutecanada.org/files/Get_Home_Safe-PSAContestRules_Final_(5).pdf

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sault Ste. Marie Teens Discover That – It’s Not About the Ticket,

It’s About Survival!

Grade 10 and 11 students at CASS,, Korah, St. Mary’s College, Superior Heights and White Pines are about to begin doing the most dangerous thing most of us do every day; they are learning to drive.  During June 5th through June 9th, the Sweet Life Road Show will help them discover how to avoid the mistakes that make driving the #1 cause of death and injury to Ontario teens.

“Crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths and injuries, but are almost 100% preventable.  With good driver training, structured practise and some solid preventative strategies, the mistakes that contribute to most crashes can be avoided,” says Anne Marie Hayes, President of Teens Learn to Drive and founder of the Sweet Life Road Show.

The Sweet Life Road Show is a hands-on learning experience that uses computer gaming, peer theatre, and fun activities to help youth understand how to deal with tricky situations including:

100% of students say every student should receive this program.  “I would tell other people that this is a fun and great event! It shows you the dangers on the streets and how you should protect yourself,” says a 16-year-old G1 driver.

A parent information night will be held on Wednesday June 7th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Korah.  This 45-minute interactive presentation will dispel the myths about teens and driving.  It will allow parents to understand their crucial role in keeping their teens safe when they drive or ride as passengers.  This event is FREE of charge and there will be refreshments and door prizes available.  Parents and caregivers can register for this event by phoning 705-942-4646 x 3058 or online at https://ssmsweetlife.eventbrite.ca

About Teens Learn to Drive Inc.

Teens Learn to Drive Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities through education. Anne Marie Hayes is the founder and President of Teens Learn to Drive, and started the Sweet Life Road Show in 2013.  ###

For more information, please contact:

Anne Marie Hayes, President and Founder of Teens Learn to Drive

AMHayes@teenslearntodrive.com

(647) 227-4220

Updated June 6, 2017