Death Stu­dents stare in the face

Drink­ing and driv­ing

Orleans Star - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Ben­jamin Va­chet

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

Photo: Ben­jamin Va­chet

Stu­dents at risks as­so­ci­ated with drunk driv­ing.

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