Racing Against Drugs

The aim of Racing Against Drugs™ is to increase health and safety knowledge in youth, teaching them to make healthy, drug-free lifestyle choices. The children who participate in this program are the future drivers in the Kingston area. According to a study by SmartRisk, drinking and driving is responsible for about 40 per cent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes. It is estimated that mortality can be reduced by 20 per cent through a reduction in drunk driving. This project will positively influence their future road behaviour, thus reducing the number of injuries related to drinking and driving.

The project also raises the awareness of school children in Grades 5 - 6 about the hazards of drug and alcohol use, and also, teaches them to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

The format of Racing Against Drugs™ is very unique. It consists of a group of interactive "Pit Stop" stations, which provide different opportunities for police and community health professionals to tell their story. Live pit stop presentations present bicycle safety messages, create and impaired driving simulation and demonstrate the importance of wearing a seatbelt. In addition, the children will finish their visit by experiencing the excitement of racing by competing on a professionally built 1:24 scale slot car tracks. Experience shows that the racing atmosphere captures and holds the attention of young people. They listen, and absorb the anti-drug and healthy lifestyle messages.

 

Racing Against Drugs 2016

On October 17-21, 2016, KPSC in collaboration with KFL&A Public Health and the RCMP successfully presented the Racing Against Drugs program to over 1,115 grade 5 & 6 students from thirty-two (32) different schools (including all local and private school boards). The students were given the opportunity to learn about healthy, drug and alcohol-free, lifestyle choices.

We had ten (10) different pit stop stations manned by KPSC's injury prevention partners including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Kingston Fire & Rescue, CN Police & Operation Lifesaver, Canadian Black Belt Centres, Ontario Provincial Police, Youth Diversion, YGAP-Kingston Family YMCA, KFL&A Public Health, Kingston Police and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and partners. We also had a special presentation by Canada Border Services Agency and a fit break run by Kingston Gets Active during each of the sessions. 

KPSC and KFL&A Public Health are proud to present this program to the Kingston & Area students through the generous support of Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions, the Canadian Forces Base Kingston, the Limestone District School Board, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and Tri-Board Transportation, in addition to many other local agencies and businesses that generously contribute to the success of the event. 

KPSC would also like to thank Bread and Butter Bakery, Tulip's & Maple, Cedar Crest Catering, Costco, Culligan, Grant's No Frills, Pan Chancho, Pizza Pizza, Swiss Chalet and Tim Horton's for generously donating food for the event. 

 

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