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Youth

Youth

IN CANADA…

  • 2 out of every 5 teens killed on the road have been driving impaired.
  • 1 in every 8 deaths and injuries in road crashes is a teenager.
  • Road crashes are the #1 cause of death of youth ages 15 to 19.

IMPAIRED = the offense of driving, operating, or being in control of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, cannabis or other drugs, to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely.

If you’re planning on celebrating your graduation, always plan for a sober ride home.

 

Sign the Contract for Life and Save a Life!

The Contract for Life (PDF) is a reality check between friends and family members. Help your friends and family stay alive by encouraging them to sign the Contract for Life and don’t let them drink and drive!

Cannabis and Driving

Studies show that cannabis can have a negative impact on driving, including reduced concentration and attention span, slower reaction time, and an altered perception of time and distance. Driving studies (simulated and on-road) showed drivers had increased variability in lane position, following distance and speed following cannabis use. Cannabis also affected driver ability to react to unexpected events, such as a pedestrian darting out onto the roadway.

Here are some of the awareness campaigns we have launched to bring our message to Canadian youth.

MADD Canada’s Multi-Media Assembly Program

OVER the EDGE Grades 7-12

Over the Edge, MADD Canada’s 2019-2020 School Assembly Program was a powerful dramatization about the tragic consequences of impaired driving. The video ends with testimonials from real-life victims who share their heartbreaking stories with the audience. MADD Canada’s School Assembly Program targets students in grades 7 through 12. Check back for 2020-2021 program details!

SmartWheels Grades 4-6

SmartWheels is an elementary school program developed for students in grades 4 to 6 to educate them about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving. An RV has been retrofitted into an interactive mobile classroom that can accommodate up to 40 students from grades 4 to 6. The presentation is one hour long and is delivered by a MADD Canada Facilitator. On-screen video hosts introduce a short video that describes the effects of alcohol and cannabis on developing brains and bodies and discusses impaired driving consequences. Students use individual tablets to respond to questions to reinforce the material covered. Students also participate in three “choose your own adventure”-style decision-making scenarios using individual tablets. The outcome of each scenario depends on the student’s answers.

To learn more about MADD Canada’s Youth Programs please visit madd.ca.

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