Amanda Oling, a Beaverlodge-based author, will be at Coles Bookstore Saturday afternoon. She’ll be there for a book signing of her recent publication The Impact of One Decision.
In 2004, the former Calgary police officer learned her dad had been taken from her, which inspired Oling to share her story and write this book.
“I had fellow officers come and knock on my door to tell me that my dad had been killed by an impaired driver in a stolen welding truck that morning, just outside of Drayton Valley,” Oling said.
“Grande Prairie has one of the highest impaired driving rates in Alberta. I wrote this message, this book, so that everybody could understand the true impact of impaired driving. A lot of people seem to think that it’s not a big issue. The most common excuse I heard in enforcement was ‘I’m only hurting myself, what does it matter?'”.
Oling left the force in 2014 and now dedicates her time to educating people on the dangers of impaired driving.
The book signing goes from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Coles Bookstore in Prairie Mall.
“I’ll have copies of my book there. I will also have the impaired driving simulation goggles. It’s an alcohol simulation goggle which represents two different kinds of impairment levels, as well as the marijuana simulation goggles. People are welcome to come down, try them out, and see if you can walk the line. And find out how alcohol really does impair your perception,” said Oling.
It will be free for anyone on Saturday to get their book signed.