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Parachute Canada urges teens to GetHomeSafe and help save lives

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 positive ticketing.

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 teen drivers
  • 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 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Contact Information:

  • Woodstock Police Service: 519-537-2323
  • Crime Stoppers: 519-421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
  • Website:
  • Domestic Abuse Services of Oxford: 24 hour crisis line at 1-800-265-1938 or 519-539-4811
  • Victim Assistance Services Oxford County: 519-537-2824
  • Canadian Anti Fraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501 or
  • Counterfeit Money:

Last Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:21:43 PM EST

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