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RCMP – Leduc – 17 year old race car driver talks “Drive To Stay Alive” to students

 

RCMP - CrestLeduc, AB – Distracted driving is dangerous. The Leduc RCMP and Global Traffic Group are reaching out to new drivers to talk about distracted driving.  They are bringing something to students they won’t even see coming – a race car driver.

Global Traffic Group and Parker Thompson have partnered to help raise awareness on the dangers of Distracted Driving. Cell phone use, texting, applying makeup, reading newspapers and brushing teeth are normal day to day activities that are consequence free unless you are behind the wheel. All of these distractions increase the probability of getting into a collision, and worse yet – a life altering situation.

Who will young drivers readily listen to? Their peers. Seventeen year old race car driver Parker Thompson delivers a “Drive To Stay Alive” program. Thompson speaks directly to students about the dangers of distracted driving in an impactful 45 minute presentation. Thompson says “In racing, I know that taking my attention off the track for even a second can have serious consequences, and it’s no different when driving on our roads and highways. By educating a new generation of Albertans about the dangers of distracted driving, we can prevent a lot of collisions before they happen.”

Through presentations to schools, Parker hopes to educate all new drivers to understand how dangerous and life threatening distracted driving is.

“When you are driving – your focus needs to be on driving” Says Cst. Julian Celms of the Leduc RCMP “If we can help our up and coming generations of drivers avoid this dangerous situation, everyone wins.”

Two schools in the City of Leduc are part of a pilot project with Thompson and Global Traffic Group. On May 27th at 10:00 AM at Christ The King High School, and 1:00 PM at Leduc Junior High School.

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