Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak points out that car crashes are the “number one preventable cause of death for youth in B.C.” and ICBC’s speakers can help.
“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,” she says. “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.”
Road safety speaker John Westhaver will share stories with the teenagers and work to help them realize the risks they take when driving. According to his website, just a month and a half before his high school graduation in 1994, Westhaver was in a “horrific” car crash with three others, and suffered life-threatening burns to 75 per cent of his body. He has been telling his story to students for over a decade and encourages them to to think about the consequences of the simple choices they make in their everyday lives.
He will be in Fort St. John at North Peace Secondary School on April 11, and in Dawson Creek at South Peace (Campus) Secondary the day before. He will also visit high schools in Tumbler Ridge on April 9, Fort Nelson on April 10, and Chetwynd in the afternoon on April 11.