When someone loses a loved one to an impaired driving crash, they’re often at a loss as to how to fill the void. That person’s life meant something, and friends and family of victims of impaired driving often struggle with both the senseless way the person died and the need to make the death stand for something too.
That’s why you often see victim’s families performing acts of kindness and fundraising in their community, and one great example of that happened in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan recently. A bunch of students took a sledgehammer to an old clunker that was parked outside of their high school, but they weren’t intent on vandalizing—they were raising money to fight back against impaired driving.
For $1 the students could swing the hammer at the car and smash it, and all proceeds raised went to the St.Mary Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) group. They choose the wrecked car to demonstrate to the teens what can happen if you drink and drive, and the community joined in by donating the car and helping promote the fundraiser.
One of the members of the SADD group lost a friend to an impaired driving crash, and she commented on how the sledgehammer was a symbol of lives of others, and each time you pick up that sledgehammer, it’s showing you how you can take the lives of others into your hands when you drink and drive.
Saskatchewan has one of the worst impaired driving records in Canada, so it’s no surprise that students are coming together to commemorate victims of impaired driving, raise awareness, and raise money to further the fight against drunk driving.
A fundraiser like this is also a good reminder for parents of teens, and they can use this fundraiser to initiate a conversation about drinking and driving right now. Let your teen know that getting behind the wheel after drinking can have life altering consequences, and to stay alive, don’t drink and drive.
Image from paherald.sk.ca