Oxford County Injury Prevention Team, Woodstock Police Service, Oxford County OPP
and Oxford County Board of Health are teaming up with all of the high school boards
in Oxford County to support National Teen Driver Safety Week through education and
Drug-impaired driving among teens is a major concern. A ten-year trend shows one
in four teens who died in a motor vehicle crash tested positive for cannabis. OCIPT,
Woodstock Police, Oxford OPP and Oxford County Board of Health is partnering with
Parachute for the National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), which takes place October
15-21, to create positive behaviour changes to reduce injury rates among teens.
Parachute National Teen Driver Safety Week is an annual public awareness campaign.
This year, drugged driving is the primary focus; and messaging to teens will also
address distracted, impaired and aggressive driving, including speeding. OCIPT,
Woodstock Police, Oxford OPP and Oxford County Board of Health and Parachute are
calling on all teens to #GetHomeSafe.
Some key facts:
- Some teens believe using cannabis would make them a better driver – This is false!
- Speeding is a factor in one third of teen driver deaths
- More than half of teen deaths from drunk driving occur on the weekends
- Distracted driving is a factor in 15-19 per cent of all fatal crashes involving
- According to a recent survey, 96 per cent of Canadian drivers would stop driving
distracted, if a passenger asked them to
"Young people make up just 12 per cent of licensed drivers, but account for about
20 per cent of all road-related injuries and deaths," says Deputy Chief Darren SWEAZEY
of Woodstock Police. "Through NTDSW and community initiatives like positive ticketing
at all of the high schools in Oxford County is a way to encourage young drivers
to think about risks and responsibility - and why they should choose to make safety
their #1 priority."
"Just one wrong choice can cause a devastating collision." says Steve Podborski,
Parachute President and CEO. "Teen drivers have the power to make the right choices,
prevent heartbreak and save lives."
The WOODSTOCK POLICE SERVICE would like to encourage anyone having information about
distracted drivers, aggressive drivers or impaired drivers to contact WOODSTOCK
POLICE SERVICE at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at
- Woodstock Police Service: 519-537-2323
- Crime Stoppers: 519-421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
- Website: www.woodstockpolice.ca
- Domestic Abuse Services of Oxford: 24 hour crisis line at 1-800-265-1938
- Victim Assistance Services Oxford County: 519-537-2824
- Canadian Anti Fraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501 or
- Counterfeit Money: