TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - Students from Yellowknife to Bathurst meet today
and through the weekend at Sheridan College in Oakville to fight
impaired driving in Canada.
International speakers Floor Leishout of YOURS and Manpreet Darroch of
the UK will address the delegation of students with a message for
international action for safer roads. It is the largest youth
conference in Canada against impaired driving with 450 students and
advisors in attendance.
A chain of life will be formed on Trafalgar Road Friday at 11:30 to
engage Ontarians in this 30 year old battle. In the afternoon, displays
including a live Choose Your Ride "poster" will form the backdrop for
sharing via a "trade show" with information from arrive alive DRIVE
SOBER(R), MADD and others.
"Road Stories" - an Ontario born and produced educational DVD will also
be released for national use. Road Stories has been evaluated by
medical and academic peers and has been presented on and recognized
Distracted driving gets attention at the conference with a call to
"leave the phone alone". Distracted driving is of increasing concern
for police and road safety experts alike.
Each year there are 2,419 fatalities on our roads and 12,360 serious
injuries; youth are consistently over-represented in these datum.
Canada currently ranks 9th in the world for traffic fatalities. This
marks the 25th conference hosted by Ontario Students Against Impaired
SOURCE Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving
For further information:
Media contacts: Matt Evans, 416-407-1693; Anne Leonard, 416-578-4829