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ICBC road safety speakers reach out to Lower Mainland students ahead of grad party season

March 6, 2013

 

On average, three youth are killed and 1,160 injured during April, May and June in the Lower Mainland every year.*

That's why today, ICBC kicked off its Lower Mainland road safety speaker program at Garibaldi Secondary in Maple Ridge 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."

"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."
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.

"ICBC road safety speakers' presentations always give our students the opportunity to reflect not only on their own behaviour, but also on the behaviour of their friends and family," said Grant Frend, Garibaldi Secondary Principal. "Every speaker who shares their story has a lasting impact on our community."

Kevin Brooks is speaking to Garibaldi Secondary students today and is one of the many speakers visiting Lower Mainland schools this spring. From his wheelchair, Kevin tells the story of how he lost his friend one Saturday night while driving drunk in Surrey. Tens of thousands of young people follow him and his story on his blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

You can find video clips of each speaker and more details on their presentations 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 in the Lower Mainland. Please contact ICBC (see contact below) to confirm the date and time 24 hours prior.

  • March 6 - Garibaldi Secondary, Maple Ridge - Kevin Brooks at 8:30 a.m. & 10:13 a.m.
  • March 6 - RC Palmer Secondary, Richmond - Greg Drew at 1:40 p.m.
  • March 8 - Templeton Secondary, Vancouver - Kevin Brooks at 9:00 a.m.
  • March 8 - Whistler Secondary - Kevin Brooks at 2:00 p.m.
  • Updated: March 13 - Brookswood Secondary, Langley - Kevin Brooks at 10:45 a.m.
  • April 8 - Pacific Academy, Surrey - Greg Drew at 2:00 p.m.
  • April 8 - Langley Secondary - Kevin Brooks at 10:00 a.m.
  • April 8 - Gladstone Secondary, Vancouver - Kevin Brooks at 1:45 p.m.
  • April 9 - Seaquam Secondary, Delta - Kevin Brooks at 9:55 a.m.
  • April 10 - Port Moody Secondary, Port Moody - Kevin Brooks at 12:30 p.m.
  • April 11 - Hatzic Secondary, Mission - Heather Charlton at 9:00 a.m.
  • April 11 - Heritage Park Secondary, Mission - Heather Charlton at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 11 - Mission Secondary - Heather Charlton at 1:50 p.m.
  • April 11 - Guildford Park Secondary - Kevin Brooks at 9:30 a.m.
  • April 12 - Langley Fundamental Middle/Secondary - Mike Buckingham at 12:00 p.m.
  • April 12 - Argyle Secondary, North Vancouver - Kevin Brooks at 10:00 a.m.
  • April 19 - Mennonite Educational Institute, Abbotsford - Mike Buckingham at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 24 - Robert Bateman Secondary, Abbotsford - Heather Charlton at 9:30 a.m.
  • April 24 - Yale Secondary, Abbotsford - Heather Charlton at 11:45 a.m.
  • April 24 - Sardis Secondary, Chilliwack - Mike Buckingham at 8:45 a.m., 9:50 a.m. & 10:55 a.m.
  • April 25 - South Delta Secondary - Heather Charlton at 10:00 a.m.
  • April 26 - Alpha Secondary, Burnaby - Heather Charlton at 10:10 a.m.
  • April 30 - WJ Mouat Secondary, Abbotsford - Ted Swan at 9:40 a.m.
  • April 30 - RE Mountain Secondary, Langley - Greg Drew at 10:45 a.m.
  • May 3 - Abbotsford Christian School - Ted Swan at 8:15 a.m.
  • May 3 - Abbotsford Traditional Senior Secondary - Ted Swan at 10:45 a.m.
  • May 8 - Samuel Robertson Tech, Maple Ridge - Heather Charlton at 10:30 a.m.
  • May 9 - GW Graham Secondary, Chilliwack - Greg Drew at 1:20 p.m.
  • May 9 - Pitt Meadows Secondary - Cara Filler at 1:20 p.m.
  • May 9 - Tamanawis Secondary, Surrey - Cara Filler at 8:45 a.m.
  • May 10 - Delview Secondary, Delta - Cara Filler at 10:00 a.m.
  • May 10 - Aldergrove Community Secondary School - Kevin Brooks at 10:10 a.m.
  • May 13 - Gleneagle Secondary, Coquitlam - Cara Filler at 1:35 p.m.
  • May 13 - Sullivan Heights Secondary, Surrey - Cara Filler at 9:24a
  • May 14 - Frank Hurt Secondary, Surrey - Heather Charlton at 10:00 a.m.
  • May 16 - LA Matheson Secondary, Surrey - Heather Charlton at 10:45 a.m.
  • May 21 - Panorama Ridge Secondary, Surrey - Heather Charlton at 10:00 a.m.
  • May 23 - Sir Charles Tupper Secondary, Vancouver - Ted Swan at 10:00 a.m.
  • May 23 - King George Secondary, Vancouver - Ted Swan at 12:40 p.m.
  • May 24 - Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby - Kevin Brooks at 8:45 a.m.
  • May 29 - Abbotsford Collegiate - Greg Drew at 10:15 a.m.
  • May 29 - Rick Hansen Secondary, Abbotsford - Heather Charlton at 9:40 a.m.
  • May 30 - Riverside Secondary, Port Coquitlam - Heather Charlton at 10:22 a.m.
  • May 30 - Windermere Community Secondary, Vancouver - John Westhaver at 8:30 a.m.
  • May 31 - Hugh Boyd Secondary, Richmond - John Westhaver at 11:30 a.m.
  • May 31 - Langley Fine Arts School - Greg Drew at 2:00 p.m.
  • June 4 - Semiahmoo Secondary, Surrey - Kevin Brooks at 12:30 p.m.
  • June 12 - DW Poppy Secondary, Langley - Kevin Brooks at 10:40 a.m.

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

Additional statistics:

  • On average, 15 youth (aged 16 to 21) are killed and 4,800 are injured in crashes every year in the Lower Mainland.*
  • On average, 44 youth (aged 16 to 21) 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:
Kate Pasieka
604-240-7404