Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) students were proud to take the wheel to promote safe driving.
Students were asked to sign a banner presented by Prince Edward OPP Constable Pat Menard in December pledging to ‘Be Sharp Behind the Wheel’ as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) 2018.
Menard requested and received the banner from the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC), whose goal is to reduce the number of incidents resulting in death and injury on roads, trails and waterways in the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (HPEC).
“I think it worked,” Menard told PECI Students’ Council reps. “We did 130 RIDE checks over the holidays with zero impaired driving charges. We ran the numbers back to 2003 and that’s the first time we had the month of December at zero.”
“Every little reminder helps, whether you’re a driver, or a passenger.”
Students’ Council co-president Amanda Johnson agrees.
“We went around to all the classes Grades 9 to 12, and also had safety announcements the week leading up to that with reminders of all the different aspects of safety – for driving, for passengers, impaired driving and texting and driving and we reiterated that when we went to the classes and asked people to sign the poster,” she said. “I’m glad to hear it helped.”