George Elliot makes dry grad challenge finals

Some local youth are sharing a sobering message about drinking and driving.

Some local youth are sharing a sobering message about drinking and driving.

Lake Country’s George Elliot Secondary is in the top five of BCAA’s dry grad video challenge, which could win them up to $4,000.

George Elliot is up against schools from Prince George, Vancouver, Richmond and New Westminster in the online contest running until Monday at midnight.

The public can help determine the best video by voting online at www.bcaa.com/campaigns/dry-grad/vote/vote-now.

George Elliot’s video called One Way is a vivid portrayal of a teen who sneaks out to a party, and even though she avoids the drugs and alcohol there, she gets a ride home from a boy who has been drinking.

The top videos were narrowed down from 48 submissions by judges in road and public safety and professionals working in the field of broadcasting and video production.

The pair are killed in a two-vehicle crash, as is the driver of the victim vehicle – who happens to be the girl’s mom, who was out looking for her daughter.

Cash prizes of $4,000, $2,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to the top three schools to be used towards dry grad celebrations.

During the month of June – grad season for the majority of high school students – the number of alcohol-related collisions is at its highest.

What’s more, young drivers, aged 16 to 20, account for the highest number of impaired drivers at 34 per cent, according to BCAA.

Prom dresses and tuxedos, hair-do’s and corsages are oftentimes higher on the priority list than planning for a safe ride home.

That’s why BCAA supports dry grad celebrations.

By schools providing a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment where grads can celebrate the milestone of graduation with their friends, they will be less likely to celebrate where there is alcohol or drugs and be tempted to drive impaired.

 

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