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Speaker warns about impaired driving


Students and staff from the Estevan Comprehensive School's chapter for Students Against Drunk Driving gather for a group picture before a video presentation on April 3.

Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) students received another warning about the dangers of impaired driving on April 3, as the school's chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) brought speaker Heather Duncan to ECS.

ECS SADD adviser Heather Findlay said that Duncan offered three stories on the impact of drunk driving. One was from an accident survivor, and two were from the family members of victims.

Duncan also offered insight into what young people can do if they've been drinking, so that they don't put themselves or their friends in danger.

Duncan, who is the field representative for the Atlantic region of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Canada, also showed a video, Smashed, to ECS students. Smashed is about a group of teenagers who go to a house party. One of the friends decides to get into a vehicle with someone who had been drinking, despite her friends' warnings.

The friends follow the vehicle driven by the impaired driver. When the driver makes a U-turn, there is a head on-collision between the two vehicles.

While the story is fictional, Findlay said it's a realistic and cautionary tale for youth.

The local SADD chapter has nine students and three staff advisers, and Findlay said the video is one of the efforts by SADD to educate their colleagues.




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