The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada is on November 23, 2011. This day commemorates those killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads; not in accidents but in preventable collisions.
The number of people killed to date in 2011 on BC roads is 279. Approximately 35% of those deaths can be attributed to distracted driving. That is 98 preventable deaths.
One local advocate, Karen Bowman, founder of Drop It And Drive is taking this seriously. Distracted driving is more than electronic devices,” says Bowman, it includes drinks, food, makeup, reading, and the kids fighting in the back. There are so many potential distractions. A driver needs to be fully aware and present when driving.” Challenged by the increasing multitasking drivers around her and an accident that involved her own child, Bowman developed an educational program to take the message on the road.
Drop It And Drive has been gaining momentum over the last year and provides educational seminars to schools, communities, government bodies and associations. Drop It And Drive has the support of many organizations such as the Surrey Firefighters, the Surrey RCMP, Young Drivers of Canada and Klein Lawyers. To bring awareness to this increasingly dangerous behavior; this National Day of Remembrance, Drop It And Drive is hosting the first annual “Show You Care With Coats” charity event on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Sullivan Heights Secondary School in Surrey. The event activities are geared to educate, bring awareness to distracted driving and to give recognition to those who have lost their lives. Drop It And Drive is seeking donations of new or gently used winter coats to represent and honour the 98 lives lost in British Columbia. Donations will go to Surrey Urban Mission and The Front Room (South Fraser Community Services Society) with non-perishable food donations for the Surrey Food Bank.
Sullivan Heights Secondary School Lower Parking Lot
6248 144 Street, Surrey, BC V3X 1A1Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
98 Coat Salute, Young Drivers of Canada Car and Track, Veteran Fire Fighter Greg
Drew, founder of Jammin’4 Jay Charitable Society.
We have confirmation that the Surrey Fire Fighters will do the crash extraction demonstration between 10 am and 11 am.
Coats can be dropped off before November 29th at Klein Lawyers and labeled ‘Show You Care With Coats.’ Coats and food donations will be accepted at the event.