Don’t let your cellphone cost you more than it should


National Teen Driver Safety Week is a great way to make teenagers more aware of how their driving can affect the lives of others. It’s also a great opportunity where the community is able to come together to help our teens practice safe driving in order to stay focused while on the road.

This year it is taking place from October 16-22 and the main focus is to make sure that teens are putting their phones away and turning their music down in order to keep themselves and others safe while on the road.

On Tuesday, October 18, Sault Ste. Marie Police Services (SSMPS), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Algoma Public Health, and St. Mary’s College set out to bring awareness to distracted driving in support of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

img_2051In their efforts to bring awareness, SMC student council members, along with police officials, stopped vehicles as they entered and exited the parking lot of the school to check if all passengers had seat belts on and to make sure that the drivers had their phones put away and out of reach.

After speaking with the police, each driver was then rewarded with a coupon for a free Froster from Macs or Circle K and a ballot that would be entered in a draw with the chance to win a $1000 gift card to Coles, Chapters or Indigo.

Also during this time Algoma Public Health had a booth set up in the main lobby of the school where students had the opportunity to learn more about distracted driving and about ways that they can keep themselves and others safe while on the road.

Many students got involved and were very excited to take pictures with the Spot the Civic and they were encouraged to share these photos on social media with the hashtags #GetHomeSafe #AlgomaUndistracted and #NTDSW

“I think it went great!” said Student Council President, Cassie Williamson when asked about her thoughts on the event. “It was awesome to see many of the students getting involved with an issue that impacts them directly. They were able to learn about how serious distracted driving is, yet they still managed to have fun with the event too. I loved the participation that the students showed with the Spot the Civic and I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out!”