Getting your driver’s license is a right of passage that teens look forward to. Fortunately for parents of this generation of teen drivers, times have changed from the days when a license is handed over after a short road test. Teens these days have to enter the Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program and learn how to drive safely before they’re allowed to hit the road by themselves.
But although driver’s safety courses can teach teens how to parallel park and safely change lanes, Canada’s young people need a bit more help when it comes to learning why drinking and driving is a such a bad idea. That’s where Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) comes in.
Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people, and that alcohol and drugs will factor into at least 50% of these crashes? It’s a sobering statistic that MADD really wants to drive home to young people, so they’ve put together a film called Aftermath as part of the MADD Canada’s 2014-2015 School Assembly Program. The film is making it’s rounds to schools in Canada with the goal of educating teens on the very real dangers of drinking and driving.
Students in Newfoundland and Labrador recently viewed the film, and from the feedback received, it made a serious impact. It’s about a teen named Charlie who decides to drive after drinking and smoking marijuana. He convinces his best friend to go along for the ride, and the resulting crash affects everyone who has ever known them. With first person accounts from family members of real-life victims of impaired driving, it’s very moving. Take a look at the video for a preview.
What these teens are learning by watching a film like Aftermath is that impaired driving is a choice made by the driver, and it’s a choice that has devastating consequences. Crashes caused by drunk drivers aren’t ‘accidents’, and the people involved in these crashes are victims – victims who are someone’s brother, mother, father, or sister.
You can find out more about MADD Canada’s School Assembly Program by visiting their website, and be sure to watch and share the video to spread the word on how MADD is fueling awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving in Canada.