Distracted driving, along with Drug-Impaired, Drunk and Agressive driving is a major concern on our roadways, especially our young drivers who represent 12% of the driving population, but represent 20% of our road collisions. Fifteen to nineteen percent of all fatal crashes involving teen drivers are a result of distracted driving, and 21 % of fatally injured drivers ages 16 to 19 tested positive for cannabis. Please join Safe Communities Wellington County in raising awareness and promoting National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 22 to October 28, 2018 to encourage our youth and all of the residents of Wellington County to learn about the dangers of Distracted, Drug-Impaired, Drunk and Agressive Driving.
The vision of Safe Communities Wellington County as part of Parachute is “To make Wellington County, the safest and healthiest place in which to live, learn, work and thrive in Canada.”
A safe community is one that promotes safe and healthy behaviours and protects people from hurt and harm. The Safe Communities Wellington Committee, with representatives from local municipal councils, emergency services, public health, school boards and other stakeholders with an interest in making Wellington County a safe place to live, made it their goal to have Wellington County designated as a Safe Community.
Our seven Injury Categories are:
- Motor Vehicle (On / Off Road) - All on road motor vehicle collisions (cars, buses, motorcycle etc), all off road motor vehicle collisions (ATV, snowmobile etc)
- Intentional Self Harm - All purposely self-inflicted injuries hanging, drug overdoses etc (suicides and attempted suicides)
- Accidental Poisonings
- Pedestrian and Cyclists
- Sports and Recreation
- Agricultural, Machinery & Tools
If you or your organization are interested in getting involved with Safe Communities Wellington County, please contact Program Co-ordinator Christine Veit by email or by phone at 226-820-1413.
Updated October 17, 2018