ICBC to promote safe driving at B.C. high schools

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — An ICBC road safety speaker will be touring Northern B.C. — including the Peace Region — and speaking to high school students about driving safely during grad season.

On May 5, North Peace Secondary students will watch a presentation by Heather Charlton —  a motivational prevention speaker who has been speaking to Canadian youth for almost 20 years.

Presentations will also take place in Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge on May 4, and in Chetwynd on May 3.

“Graduation marks an important milestone in the life of every student, but a car crash can change that in a moment,” said Mike Bernier, Minister of Education — also the MLA for Peace River South.

On average, ICBC says about six youth are killed in accidents during grad season — from April to June. In British Columbia, 39 per cent of young drivers were speeding in fatal crashes, 27 per cent of them were impaired and 22 per cent were distracted.

Todd Stone, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure a driver’s licence means freedom and independence, but also responsibility.

“ICBC road safety speakers help connect with youth through their personal experiences and motivate them to think twice before taking risks behind the wheel,” he said.

ICBC road safety speakers share their heart-wrenching stories with about 50,000 high school students every year.