Death Students stare in the face
Drinking and driving
Prosecution Service of Canada. "There’s no longer the initial shock, however, there has been a drop in charges and accidents. Young people seem more responsible, they take public transport and organize themselves to not drive their cars. It means that the message is getting across."
Captain of the Fire Department of the City of Ottawa, Stephane Nadeau, acknowleded that the impact does not seem obvious at first glance, but he prefers to remain optimistic.
"If we get in touch with only one or two, it will already be something gained. I think it’s still a very good presentation, which goes in the right direction, even if it takes a little time to make young people understand. "
And everything is silent ...
Even if amused at first, the mood changes completely when entering the auditorium.
Inside awaits a coffin, that of the person who symbolically died during the simulated crash. The image is striking enough to have an effect on the students, who will all receive a small label, the famous "Toe Tag" that is hung at the foot of the deceased in the morgue.
Doyle talks about the consequences of an accident, but this time the criminal side. Withdrawal of permits, criminal charges, dramatic increase in insurance costs, prison sentences ... Just some of the consequences that await those who chose to drive impaired.
But, the excitement reached its height when it came time to listen to Mr. Gendron, of the association Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada). On stage, in front of students, you could hear a pin drop, while he told the story of his son Eric. A young man with a promising future, he had a few beers with his friends one evening in April 2001. One of his friends, the designated driver for the evening, thinking that one glass every hour would be enough to keep him sober.
"At 3:45 in the morning, I heard knocking at the door. I thought Eric had forgotten his keys. It was the Ontario Provincial Police who came to tell me that my son was dead. The next day we had to tell his girlfriend," he says, voice torn with emotion. "You shall not make yourselves accountable if you have an accident and you stay there, but think about your parents, your friends and loved ones who are going to spend the rest of their lives with this sentence. Better to call them to be picked up than to take the risk! ".
If the simulation of the accident did not seem to have had an obvious impact, no doubt that the testimony of Mr. Gendron had the desired effect.
Translated by Catherine Kitts
Students at risks associated with drunk driving.
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