Driver distraction is a factor in between 15% and 19% of fatal collisions involving teen drivers.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sault Ste. Marie Police Services (SSMPS), Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership, Algoma Public Health (APH), Sault Ste. Marie Emergency Medical Services, Highland Ford, and Our Driving School have been encouraging Algoma district high schools to promote National Teen Driver Safety Week in their school communities with a focus on distracted driving.
In 2013, 170 Canadian youth between the ages of 15-19 died as a result of preventable motor vehicle collisions. The purpose of this 3-dimensional art exhibit was to help students and passers-by wrap their heads around the enormous number of lives unnecessarily lost by dramatically displaying 170 personal items belonging to teenagers on the “canvass” of an actual demolished vehicle, with each item representing a young life lost. Emergency response vehicles and community partners will be present at Exhibit 170 with prevention education literature and displays.