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National Teen Driver Safety Week 2019

Safe Communities Wellington County and Parachute Canada urge teens to #KnowWhatImpairedMeans and help save lives


Wellington County, October 2019 – Drug-impaired driving among teens is a major concern. A ten-year trend shows one in four teens who died in a motor vehicle crash tested positive for cannabis. Safe Communities Wellington County is partnering with Parachute for National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), which takes place October 20 - 26, to create positive behaviour changes to reduce injury rates among teens.

Parachute National Teen Driver Safety Week is an annual public awareness campaign. This year, drugged driving is the primary focus; and messaging to teens will also address distracted, impaired and aggressive driving, including speeding. Safe Communities Wellington County and Parachute are calling on all teens to #KnowWhatImpairedMeans.

Some key facts:

  • Some teens believe using cannabis would make them a better driver – This is false!
  • Speeding is a factor in one third of teen driver deaths
  • Distracted driving is a factor in 15-19 per cent of all fatal crashes involving teen drivers
  • According to a recent survey, 96 per cent of Canadian drivers would stop driving distracted, if a passenger asked them to

“Young people make up just 12 per cent of licensed drivers, but account for about 20 per cent of all road-related injuries and deaths,” says Christine Veit, Program Coordinator, Safe Communities Wellington County. “Through NTDSW and community initiatives like our Positive Ticketing Blitz, we are encouraging young drivers to think about risks and responsibility, and why they should choose to make safety their no.1 priority.”

New this year to National Teen Driver Safety Week, we visited 5 Wellington County High Schools, including our most recent addition, Emmanuel Christian High School in Fergus.  Safe Communities Wellington County, along with our Community Partners, Wellington County OPP, Centre Wellington Fire Department, and Guelph Wellington Paramedic Services also had the opportunity to present our lived experiences through two assemblies at Centre Wellington District High School.




Updated November 28, 2019