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  YIP Students Take Part In Safe Driving Initiative

Aug 10, 2015 13:06 ET

DRPS Youth in Policing (YIP) students were out educating drivers about safe driving habits recently in Oshawa.

Officers helped the students conduct radar enforcement on Simcoe Street near Durham College and UOIT. Any motorist stopped for driving above the speed limit was given the opportunity to listen to a safe driving message or receive a ticket. Most happily opted for the safety message delivered by the YIP students.

More than 100 vehicles were stopped and the drivers were impressed with the initiative, not to mention relieved they weren't receiving a ticket. In one instance a driver was stopped for driving 108 km in a 60 km zone; he didn't get a choice and was issued a ticket by police.

"This is a great opportunity for the students to learn more about road safety," said Cst. Keith Richards, one of the officers assisting with the initiative. "Most of the YIP students are G1 drivers and it's important for them to learn safe driving habits now early on in their driving careers."

The Traffic Services Branch would like to remind all motorists to slow down and drive carefully, especially when there are so many motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists out enjoying the weather. Drivers should pay extra attention while getting to and from your destination.

The Durham Regional Police Youth in Policing program is a leadership program for youth ages 14 to 17. It is an opportunity of a lifetime to build confidence and leadership skills while allowing youth a chance to make a difference in the community by participating in fundraising initiatives and other events. Youth also get the chance to explore different cultures, try new things and push themselves physically and mentally. After a fun-filled educational summer, the students will graduate from the YIP program on Friday August 21, 2015.

Below are attached files.
Conducting radar (JPG file, 370.0K bytes)
Learning the ropes from Cst. Richards (JPG file, 439.5K bytes)
Students talk about safe driving (JPG file, 400.7K bytes)
Group shot (JPG file, 558.2K bytes)