National Teen Driver Safety Week October 22, 2018
Parachute urges teens to #KnowWhatImpairedMeans and help save lives
Sault Ste. Marie, October 22, 2018 – Drug-impaired driving among teens is a major concern. A ten-year trend shows one in four teens who died in a motor vehicle crash tested positive for cannabis. Local community partners including the Ontario Provincial Police, Safe Communities Partnership Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma Public Health, and Our Driving School have partnered with Parachute for National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), which takes place October 22-28, and are calling on all teens to #KnowWhatImpairedMeans to create positive behavior changes to reduce injury rates among teens.
Parachute’s National Teen Driver Safety Week is an annual public awareness campaign. This year, drugged driving is the primary focus; and messaging to teens will also address distracted, impaired and aggressive driving, including speeding.
Some key facts:
Some teens believe using cannabis would make them a better driver – This is false!
Speeding is a factor in one-third of teen driver deaths
Distracted driving is a factor in 15-19 percent of all fatal crashes involving teen drivers
According to a recent survey, 96 percent of Canadian drivers would stop driving distracted, if a passenger asked them to
“Just one wrong choice can cause a devastating collision,” says Steve Podborski, Parachute President and CEO. “Teen drivers have the power to make the right choices, prevent heartbreak and save lives.”
Parachute, the Ontario Provincial Police, Safe Communities Partnership Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma Public Health, and Our Driving School are encouraging teenagers to participate in NTDSW activities, programs and events across Canadian communities. For more information about NTDSW resources, news and updates, visit parachutecanada.org/ntdsw
Parachute is Canada’s national charity dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of preventable injuries. Injury is the No. 1 killer of Canadians aged 1 to 44, where one child dies every nine hours. The financial toll is staggering, with injury costing the Canadian economy $27 billion a year. Through education and advocacy, Parachute is working to save lives and create a Canada free of serious injuries. For more information, visit us at parachutecanada.org.
Updated October 17, 2018