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ICBC road safety speaker reaches out to Southern Interior students ahead of grad party season

April 10, 2013

 

On average, 240 youth are injured and three are killed in crashes during April, May and June every year in the Southern Interior.*

On April 22, ICBC road safety speaker, John Westhaver, will kick-off a tour of Southern Interior schools at Revelstoke Secondary to connect with high school students as they head into the grad and prom party season.

"It's important that we do what we can to help B.C. youth understand the devastating impact one wrong decision could have on their lives and their families," said Mary Polak, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "The reality is that car crashes are the number one preventable cause of death for youth in B.C. ICBC's road safety speakers help strengthen young people's decision-making skills and teach them to think twice before taking risks behind the wheel."

"The message that road safety speakers bring home to young people is, 'This really can happen to you if you choose to drink and drive or ride with an impaired driver,'" said Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. "As a government, we can reiterate the consequences that impaired drivers face - including those under the Graduated Licensing Program, the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program and the Criminal Code. But a very personal, life-or-death message can take us even further with young people, and help us to build a generation that simply says no to drinking and driving."

For the past 16 years, ICBC road safety speakers have been sharing their stories with more than 50,000 B.C. high school students every year.

"Our road safety speaker program is one way that we reach out to students to motivate them to make smart, safe driving choices," said John Dickinson, ICBC's director of road safety. "Our road safety speakers connect with students through their personal, heartbreaking stories and help them realize the tragic and life-changing consequences of taking risks while driving."

"I invite ICBC's road safety speakers back to my school every year," said Scott Anderson, Eagle River Secondary School Principal in Sicamous. "I believe the message is one that our youth need to have reinforced over and over. The speakers all have their own powerful, engaging style and they always impact students in a very emotional and relevant way."

You can find a video clip of John Westhaver and more details on his presentation on icbc.com.

ICBC also invests in various road safety programs for students including the Your Ad Here contest, K-10 school curriculum and B.C.'s graduated licensing program.

Editor's note: Media is invited to attend the following upcoming speaking events with John Westhaver in the Southern Interior. Please contact ICBC (see contact information below) to confirm the date and time 24 hours prior.

  • April 22 - Revelstoke Secondary at 9:00 a.m.
  • April 23 - Twin Rivers Secondary, Kamloops at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 23 - Beattie School of the Arts, Kamloops at 8:35 a.m.
  • April 23 - Norkam Secondary, Kamloops at 1:45pm
  • April 24 - Eagle River Secondary, Sicamous at 9:20 a.m.
  • April 24 - Salmon Arm Secondary (Sullivan Campus) at 1:00 p.m.
  • April 25 - Merritt Secondary at 8:40 a.m.
  • April 25 - Logan Lake Secondary at 1:00 p.m.
  • April 26 - Clearwater Secondary at 9:00 a.m.
  • April 26 - Barrier Secondary at 1:00 p.m.
  • April 29 - Okanagan Mission Secondary, Kelowna at 12:37 p.m.
  • April 30 - Immaculata Secondary, Kelowna at 9:00 a.m.
  • April 30 - Rutland Secondary, Kelowna at 11:00 a.m.
  • May 1 - Princess Margaret, Penticton at 9:40 a.m.
  • May 1 - Osoyoos Secondary at 1:00 p.m.
  • May 2 - Boundary Central Secondary, Midway at 9:00 a.m.
  • May 2 - Grand Forks Secondary at 1:00 p.m.
  • May 6 - Nakusp Secondary at 9:00 a.m.
  • May 6 - Mt Sentinel Secondary, South Slocan at 2:00 p.m.
  • May 7 - Stanley Humphries, Castlegar at 8:30 a.m.
  • May 7 - LV Rogers Secondary, Nelson at 2:00 p.m.
  • May 8 - Prince Charles Secondary, Creston at 9:00 a.m.
  • May 8 - Mt Baker Secondary, Cranbrook at 2:00 p.m.
  • May 9 - Selkirk Secondary, Kimberly at 8:45 a.m.
  • May 9 - Fernie Secondary at 1:00 p.m.
  • May 10 - Elkford Secondary at 10:00 a.m.
  • May 10 - Sparwood Secondary at 1:00 p.m.

*Statistics are based on 2007 to 2011 ICBC and police data. Youth are defined as age 16 to 21.

Additional statistics:

  • On average, 12 youth are killed and 1,100 are injured in crashes every year in the Southern Interior.*
  • On average, 44 youth are killed and 7,300 are injured in crashes every year in B.C.*
  • Twenty-five per cent of speeding drivers and 19 per cent of impaired drivers in B.C. involved in crashes, resulting injuries or fatalities, were between the ages of 16 and 21.*

Media contact:
Michelle Hargrave
250-979-4642