ICBC speakers connecting with Southern Interior youth this grad season
May 28, 2018
ICBC's road safety speaker, Kevin Brooks, is touring the Southern Interior to share his personal, heart-wrenching story with local high school students during graduation season to remind them of the importance of making smart driving decisions.
From his wheelchair, Kevin tells the story of how he lost his friend one Saturday night while driving drunk. He has inspired tens of thousands of young people who follow him and his story on his blog and social media channels.
Emergency room physician, Dr. Graham Dodd, will also be touring the region speaking about his first-hand experience to help youth understand the real, devastating effects of crashes.
During graduation season from April to June in the Southern Interior, on average, 1,000 crashes occur involving young drivers and 254 youth are injured.*
"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 these upcoming presentations in the Southern Interior.
Please contact ICBC road safety coordinator, Ingrid Brakop at 250-828-3903, 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. ICBC data based on the five-year average from 2012 to 2016.