Third annual distracted driving event will highlight dangers of riding high

Thorold, ON (June 13, 2018) – With legalization of marijuana expected later this year, Niagara drivers will see first-hand the dangers of drugged driving at Thursday’s Distracted & Drugged Driving Event at the Seaway Mall.

The event is co-hosted by CAA Niagara, AAPEX Driving Academy and the Seaway Mall. With just over two thirds (69%) of Canadians concerned that roads will be more dangerous with legalization of marijuana, this popular annual event will have participants complete various activities while wearing ‘marijuana goggles.’ The marijuana goggles simulate how marijuana impairs your reaction time, your ability to pay attention and your decision-making.

“It’s time to be blunt,” said CAA Niagara’s President and CEO, Peter Van Hezewyk. “Cannabis and driving don’t mix. While I’m confident most people understand that drinking and driving can be a lethal combination, it’s time we start talking about marijuana. Driving high is driving impaired.”

The event also aims to debunk marijuana myths, such as, drivers under the influence of marijuana are the same, or better behind the wheel. What seems like a ridiculous statement, is what one in four young Canadians believe. It’s time to start getting the facts out to the Niagara community.

“Although drugged driving will be a focal point of this event, distracted driving will also be at the forefront,” Mr. Van Hezewyk said. “Our mission is to keep Niagara roads safe which includes giving residents tips and tools for making positive driving choices.”

The event will be held at the Seaway Mall and feature:

  • An interactive distracted driving video game
  • ‘Marijuana goggle’ activities
  • AAPEX Driving School challenges, like trying to walk in a straight line with ‘drunk goggles’ on
  • Prizes, including a $200 voucher for a AAPEX Driver Education Course, one-year CAA Niagara Membership, $100 Kelsey’s gift card and $50 Seaway Mall gift card

“Driving comes with great responsibility and it is important that drivers are well aware of their obligations,” said Mike Belcastro, President of the Seaway Mall. “We believe that working together with industry experts to educate people is the first step towards a safer community,” he continued. “However, the most important message we want the community to take away from this event is that their life and the lives of others depend on their responsibility not to drive while impaired.”

Event Details: Thursday, June 14, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. in the Seaway Mall Centre Court

Cody Cabral, Public Relations Specialist
Direct line: 905-322-2018
Mobile: 289-219-0638