RCMP Road Safety Event at George Elliot Secondary School

Lake Country

2023-06-06 10:12 PDT

Cst. Brandwyn Rigby, Lake Country RCMP School Resource Officer, co-organized and participated in an event at George Elliot Secondary School (GESS). The event was aimed at educating the 2023 graduating class about the ramifications of distracted, impaired, or unbuckled driving. The RCMP along with firefighters and paramedics, staged a compelling live demonstration on Wednesday, May 24th, offering students a real-world perspective on such risky behaviour.

Cst. Brandwyn Rigby, along with fellow RCMP officers from Lake Country, shared their personal experiences in a 45-minute presentation in the Creekside Theatre. The presentation, known as the "one click" presentation, was developed jointly with ICBC RoadSense and Autobrokers. Subsequently, the students witnessed a simulated collision scene. This segment aimed at demonstrating the procedures followed by first response agencies during a motor vehicle collision, including securing the site, preserving evidence, and life-saving measures.

The simulated scene highlighted the efforts taken to rescue individuals who were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from a crashed vehicle, and those injured within the vehicle. A dramatized incident where an impaired driver was apprehended at the scene also underlined the severe consequences of such decisions.

Cst. Brandwyn Rigby, co-organizes impactful Road Safety Event at George Elliot Secondary School

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"It was a compelling presentation delivered by our community on safety," says Cst. Rigby, emphasizing the event's educational value. The message was well received, as echoed by a GESS staff who observed that students were engaged in discussing the topic throughout the day.

This impactful event was the result of collaborative efforts by members of the Lake Country Fire Department, Lake Country RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, GESS principal and staff, Mario’s Towing, Rotary Club of Lake Country, the Lake Country Cultural Development Coordinator, and District of Lake Country Communications Officer. Community members also participated as actors.

"The goal was to urge young drivers to make responsible choices – particularly as they approach graduation celebrations, said Cst. Rigby. We stressed on having a designated driver – no alcohol and no drugs; no distractions; and mandatory use of seatbelts. These discussions and early planning can make a significant difference. If we can save even one life through this presentation, it is absolutely worth it!"

Released by

Cpl. James Grandy

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
Office: 250-460-2398

Email: james.grandy@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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