Driving message home
No white cross has been placed on a road side in memory of a Matamata College student for a few years.
The college’s Students Against Drunk Driving committee hopes it will stay that way.
Last week, students celebrated Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) week at Matamata College – an annual event at the school for many years.
The committee, comprising 10 students, held activities around the school during lunch time which encouraged students to think about the repercussions of drink driving.
Students took turns wearing fatal vision goggles and committee members dressed in black, delivered statistics to classes to symbolise people who died due to drunk drivers.
Committee leader, Shalee Watkins said she was pleased with the student interest during the week.
‘‘Monday’s fatal vision goggles involvement went especially well with the juniors.
‘‘ The fatal vision goggles simulated being drunk by what you could see.
‘‘This was to show everyone how disoriented and out of control you become when you’ve had too much to drink,’’ she said.
Shalee said the main idea of the week was to raise awareness of the consequences of drink driving.
‘‘I don’t care if only one person realised the effects of drink driving. One person is more than none and that is what we as a committee simply aim to do,’’ she said.
‘‘Drink driving is one hundred per cent preventable so this is our way of telling young people like us that it is completely avoidable.
‘‘We also are pushing the, plan before you party aspect, this year,’’ she said.
The amount of young people dying due to drink driving in New Zealand is over represented and as of August 1, the minimum driving age increased to 16 and on August 7 any driver under the age of 20 has a zero alcohol limit.
On Friday there was a balloon release in memory of everyone killed by drink drivers.
There was also a seventh form mufti day where students dressed up as emergency service people. All proceeds were donated to the local fire station.
Matamata College Gateway student Crash carnage: Students Against Drunk Driving committee member Clarice Rigg sits in a mangled car following a reenactment of a car accident caused by drink driving.