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​ICBC speakers connecting with northern B.C. youth to prevent crashes and save lives during grad season

March 27, 2017


For the 20th year, ICBC's road safety speakers are touring B.C. high schools to share their own heart-wrenching stories with students to remind them of the tragic and life-changing consequences of taking risks while driving.

On average, six youth (aged 16 to 21) are killed and 390 injured in crashes each year in the North Central region.*

"Car crashes remain the number one preventable cause of death for youth in B.C.," said Doug Mac Donald, local ICBC road safety coordinator. "Our road safety speakers share their personal, heartbreaking stories to get teens talking about 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 also invests in various road safety programs for students including K-10 school curriculum and B.C.'s graduated licensing program.

Editor's Note: Media are invited to the following upcoming presentations in northern B.C. with speaker, John Westhaver.

  • March 28 – Charles Hays Secondary, Prince Rupert, at 12:19 p.m.
  • March 29 – Caledonia Secondary, Terrace, at 10 a.m.
  • March 29 – Mount Elizabeth Secondary, Kitimat, at 2 p.m.
  • March 30 – Hazelton Secondary at 8:45 a.m.
  • March 30 – Bulkley Valley Christian School, Smithers, at 12:45 p.m.
  • March 31 – Smithers Secondary at 8:30 a.m.
  • March 31 – Houston Secondary at 1:40 p.m.
  • April 3 – Fort Nelson Secondary at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 4 – North Peace Secondary, Fort St. John, at 10 a.m.
  • April 4 – Hudson's Hope Elementary-Secondary at 9 a.m.
  • April 6 – Mackenzie Secondary at 8:45 a.m.
  • April 7 – Cedars Christian School, Prince George, at 8:45 a.m.
  • April 7 – Duchess Park Secondary, Prince George, at 2 p.m.
  • April 10 – Correlieu Secondary, Quesnel at 8:45 a.m.
  • April 11 – McBride Secondary at 1:40 p.m.
  • April 26 – George M Dawson Secondary, Masset, at 12:45 p.m.
  • April 27 – Queen Charlotte Secondary at 9 a.m.

Please contact ICBC road safety coordinator, Doug Mac Donald at 250-561-5073, to confirm 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: Police-reported data based on the five-year average from 2011 to 2015.

Media contact

Lindsay Olsen