During the week of May 3, 2010, approximately 5,000 Grade 5 students from the Durham District and Durham Catholic School Boards will be attending the annual Racing Against Drugs (RAD) event held at the Iroquois Park Sports Arena in Whitby. Students will have the chance to participate in exciting programs designed to teach them about positive choices and healthy lifestyles. The RAD program was established in 1996 for the students in the Durham Region.
Every eight minutes music plays to let the children know when to switch to one of the 31 different “pit stops” ran by various businesses, health departments and police services. Motorcycle safety is one of the stops where Cst. Cory Adams displays his own motorcycle which has always been a hit with the kids. He also speaks with the students to promote alternatives to racing like going to a racetrack.
At another station, officers put goggles on the students which give them the sense of being intoxicated. The kids were guided by the officers along a line to see how alcohol affects people.
Another pit stop will have students colour envelopes that will eventually be handed out to motorists to bring forth awareness for safe driving.
By the end of each day students acquire information on how to keep themselves safe, make healthy choices and learn the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
RAD thumb (JPG file, 51.4K bytes)
Cst. Adams teaches kids about motorcycle safety (JPG file, 77.3K bytes)
Auxiliary officer Ezra-Cordeiro guides a student wearing fatal vision goggles (JPG file, 260.0K bytes)