A local Grade 6 student wants drivers to think before they get behind the wheel.
Wes Hosford Elementary student Ben Pirritano shared that message recently as part of an impaired driving awareness program. The Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) Alberta liquor bag contest had students across the province create liquor bag designs meant to remind drivers about the dangers of driving impaired.
Pirritano won second place in the kindergarten to Grade 6 category. His design asks motorists "Was it worth it?"
“My hope is the bag will make people stop and think before they get into a car after they’ve been drinking. After all, you could be wrecking a family,” said Pirritano.
He got the idea for his design during the school's 10-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.
"A police officer came in and talked to us about how drugs are bad and drinking and driving are very dangerous," said Pirritano.
Pirritano's teacher Richard Henderson was impressed by his students' work.
“Overall, we were amazed by the calibre of bags our students created in terms of their ideas and messaging,” he said. “I think the DARE program helped foster a deeper understanding for students. We also had an RCMP officer come into the classroom to share her story about being hit by a drunk driver. It certainly made an impact on all of our students, especially Ben."
Pirritano's design was one of three his class voted to send to the provincial contest. The remaining bags were delivered to area liquor stores.