With the graduation and prom party season around the corner, ICBC’s road safety speaker Greg Drew is touring the southern Interior to share his heart-wrenching story with high school students to remind them of the importance of smart driving decisions.
He is scheduled to speak at Clearwater and Barriere secondary schools on Mar. 28.
On average, 250 youth are injured and three are killed during April, May and June in the southern Interior every year. Car crashes remain the number one preventable cause of death for youth in B.C.
Greg Drew draws on a 32-year career in fire services and captivates audiences with his powerful presentation – having lived through every parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of his son in a single-vehicle crash.
“Young people seem to have this Superman syndrome,” said Greg. “They believe, ‘it’s not going to happen to me and my actions aren’t affecting anybody’, when actually what they do can hurt a lot of people.”
For more than 15 years, ICBC road safety speakers have been sharing their stories with B.C. high school students. Teachers can select a speaker for their students by watching the speakers’ video clips on icbc.com and using the resource guide.
“Our speaker program is one way that we’re reaching out to students because we care about their safety and we want to help them make smart choices when it comes to driving or getting in a car with their friends,” said Fiona Temple, ICBC’s director of road safety. “Our road safety speakers tell students about their first-hand experience of horrible crashes that have had profound effects on their lives.”
In addition to the road safety speaker program, ICBC invests in various road safety programs including the Your Ad Here contest, K-10 school curriculum and B.C.’s graduated licensing program.