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ICBC speakers to connect with Lower Mainland youth to prevent tragedy during grad season

April 5, 2018

From a paramedic who has attended crash scenes for thirty years to a car crash survivor who suffered burns to 75 per cent of his body, ICBC's road safety speakers are touring the Lower Mainland to share their personal, heart-wrenching stories with local high school students to remind them of the importance of making smart driving decisions.

Every year during graduation season (April to June), there are about 5000 crashes involving youth that result in 1260 injuries in the Lower Mainland.*

"Young drivers tend to be inexperienced, over-confident and take more risks behind the wheel," said John Nepomuceno, ICBC road safety program manager. "Our speakers share their stories to get teens reflecting on the dangers of taking risks behind the wheel and help them make safer choices."

ICBC is committed to supporting youth in developing strong decision-making skills on the road to help prevent crashes and save lives. Over the past two decades, ICBC's road safety speakers have been sharing their stories with approximately 50,000 B.C. high school students every year.

You can find video clips of the speakers and more details on their presentations on icbc.com. ICBC also invests in various road safety programs for students including K-10 school curriculum and B.C.'s graduated licensing program.

Media are invited to attend these upcoming presentations in the Lower Mainland.

Please contact ICBC road safety coordinator, Leanne Cassap at 604-533-7472, to confirm an event 24 hours prior to attending, as dates and times are subject to changes. Please check in at the school upon arriving for a presentation.

*Note: Youth defined as aged 16 to 21. Police-reported data based on the five-year average from 2012 to 2016.

Media contact:

Joanna Linsangan
604-982-2480