Prince Albert police officers teamed up with SGI and Prince Albert’s MADD chapter this past week to warn teens about the dangers of impaired driving.
All three agencies visited students at St. Mary and Carlton High Schools, where they spoke about the risks of getting behind the wheel while impaired. Police also handed out “positive tickets” to teens who demonstrated safe driving habits.
Sgt. Travis Willie of the Prince Albert Police Service said it’s important for students to understand the message, because safe driving habits can save lives.
“If we can have even one teen think twice about getting behind the wheel impaired or texting while driving and prevent a serious accident, then it makes everything we are doing worthwhile,” Willie said.
Willie said this is the second year police have participated in Teen Driver Safety Week, a national initiative organized by injury-prevention group Parachute Canada. In addition to this year’s focus on impaired driving, Willie said officers talked to the students about texting and driving, speeding and the importance of wearing seatbelts.
Trina Cockle, president of Prince Albert’s MADD chapter, said the students seemed to understand the important message. Impaired driving is getting more public attention now than ever before, she said, which will likely lead teens to think twice.
“It’s talked about a lot more now than it was back when I was a teenager,” she said. “It’s in the media a lot.”
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