CAA Niagara to put celebrities to test at Distracting Driving Derby

THOROLD (Aug. 22, 2017) – Twenty local celebrities will put their skills to the test in CAA Niagara’s first annual Distracted Driving Derby, Aug. 23 at the Pen Centre. They will pilot pedal cars through an obstacle course while trying to text and drive, apply make up and peel bananas.

"This is a fun event to draw attention to a very serious issue," says Peter Van Hezewyk, president of CAA Niagara. "Distracted drivers are three times more likely to crash. These community leaders have joined us to encourage drivers to put down the phone and avoid other distractions."

Participants include local mayors, regional councillors, MPs and MPPs, CAA Executives and media representatives.

Derby Details:
10 a.m. to Noon
Pen Centre, 221 Glendale Ave.
(north parking lot near Jacobson Avenue & Chestnut Street)

Meanwhile, mall goers will be able to experience the effects of distracted driving by slipping behind the wheel of high-tech driving simulator, available inside the mall from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. CAA will join Aapex Driving Academy, Niagara Regional Police Service, the O.P.P. the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Best Buy Mobile to showcase the risks of distracted driving.

 

For more information:    

Jayn Villetard, CAA Niagara
Public Relations Coordinator
905-322-2707
780-554-6570 (cell)
jvilletard@caaniagara.ca