Learning the effects of drunk driving

Rose Willigar
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PARRSBORO - Drinking and driving can have life-ending or life-altering effects on its victims.

PARRSBORO - Drinking and driving can have life-ending or life-altering effects on its victims.

That was the message sent when MADD representatives gave a presentation to Parrsboro Regional High and Advocate District High School students on March 25 at the Parrsboro school.

The presentation is aimed at students, with real life stories of victims of drinking and driving while under the influence, Elaine Warner MADD Bordertown (Amherst) Chapter member said.

Its important to make students aware of the choices they have and the effects drinking and driving have on victims and their families, according to Warner.

Bruce Miller, a police officer from Springhill, was killed by a drunk driver in 2004 when he and his friend were travelling home from P.E.I. Bruce died shortly after in the hospital from injuries occurred at the scene, Warner said.

Being a former Parrsboro resident and now residing in Springhill, Warner said it was important to her to come and be a part of the presentation, and that through MADD she works a lot with local police.

The presentation involving three different stories, real life stories, of people affected by drinking and driving along with a skit showing kids preparing and going to a party called Friday Night shows that a lot of people think its not going to happen to me, but it does. We didnt expect to lose Bruce, but we did, she said.

The presentation gave information to students informing them if they find themselves in a situation where they dont have a sober driver they can dial #TAXI (#8294) and an available taxi service will come. According to the presentation, this service is available across Canada.

Kevin Spahich, eastern school outreach field representative from MADD, travels throughout eastern Canada visiting schools providing them with the presentation seen at Parrsboro high. After spending a few weeks in Newfoundland doing presentations, he will now spend the next two months travelling from school to school within Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

The feedback from the presentations has been excellent, Spahich said.

Oh my God, Kind of scary was the reaction Parrsboro high students Bobbie Lattie and Emma Goodwin had after watching the presentation. I dont know how anyone, after seeing that, could drink and drive.

The two students said they have known peers who have drank and drove in the past and were hopeful that after viewing the presentation that it would hit everyone like it hit them.

Anyone wishing to know more about MADD can visit www.madd.ca or visit the youth site at www.maddyouth.ca.

Organizations: MADD, Advocate District High School, Parrsboro school

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Springhill, Canada Newfoundland Nova Scotia New Brunswick

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