Notre Dame students hear about impaired driving ahead of long weekend

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
May 17, 2018 - 4:21pm Updated: May 17, 2018 - 4:56pm

Students at Notre Dame High School were reminded Thursday about the perils of driving impaired ahead of the long weekend and grad season.

Poor weather rained out a mock collision that was to take place outside, but MADD, Red Deer RCMP, Emergency Services, as well as Victim Services hosted an assembly inside instead.

Marilyn Rinas, President of the Red Deer and District chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said the more events that can be held like this one, the more kids will get the message.

"There are other options besides getting behind the wheel drunk, like calling a parent, calling a friend, taking a cab or staying overnight," she said. "Just please don't drink and drive."

Sgt. Kevin Halwa with Red Deer RCMP Traffic Services said over his 20+ years on the job, he has seen an improvement in terms of youth making better decisions.

"I can't tell you how many times I've had to look the mother of a young person in the eye and break their hearts and tell them their loved one is not coming home," he told the crowd. "It sucks for me, and I can only imagine how hard it is for the family. It's my hope that I never have to do that again. It's been many, many, many times."

Halwa added they must keep their foot on the gas with education not just youth, but adults as well.

"It's not cool anymore, or ever was, to get behind the wheel if you've been drinking or doing drugs, or getting in a vehicle where the driver has been doing that as well."

 

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