One hundred young drivers will be getting lessons in safety today.
The group, all from Peace Wapiti School Division schools, will gather at Safety City for the New & Young Driver Road Ready Program. This is a pilot project funded through Alberta Transportation and the Office of Traffic Safety. The County of Grande Prairie is paying fees and busing costs for the participants.
Program Coordinator with Grande Prairie & Area Safe Communities Cindy Blinston says they want to show the kids what dangers are involved with impaired and distracted driving.
“What the consequences could be and we’re going through some interactive activities to let them really visualize and observe what effects it has on a driver’s ability to be impaired or to have distractions based on simulations. Our hope is with that kind of evidence-based approach, it will make a little bit more sense in their minds (rather than) just being told it’s a bad thing.”
Grande Prairie & Area Safe Communities Executive Director Carla Lummerding says they hope to reduce what she calls “traffic incidents.”
“As much as possible as these new and young drivers get on the roads. We really do want them to make them make some better choices for safer roads for all in our community.”
Safe Communities hopes to expand this to other schools in the coming years.