Tomorrow is never guaranteed, especially if you take the risk of driving after drinking or doing drugs. That’s the hard-hitting message MADD Canada is delivering to students across the country with its new school assembly program, which comes to Abbotsford on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Titled No Tomorrow, the 45-minute program takes place at St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary (2747 Townline Rd.) at 9:30 a.m.
It explores how mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving can have devastating and permanent consequences.
No Tomorrow tells the story of bandmates Marcus, Corey, Trevor and Lee.
After winning a contest to record a demo, they get an incredible chance to audition for a music school.
Before their audition, Trevor has a few drinks. He is affected more than he thinks, and makes mistakes during the audition.
Marcus is offered a spot at the school right away, and Corey and Lee are given an opportunity to re-apply next year.
But Trevor, who was obviously impaired during the audition, is not offered a spot or chance to re-apply. The school has a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs.
Trevor storms off to the car. Marcus tries unsuccessfully to take the keys. Realizing he can’t stop Trevor from driving away, Marcus jumps in the car. What happens next changes all of their lives forever.
The fictional story in No Tomorrow is followed by testimonials from real-life victims who talk about their loved ones who were killed or seriously and permanently injured in impaired driving crashes.
“We want students to understand how driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can impact their lives,” said Tracy Crawford, MADD Canada regional manager.
“We want to motivate them to always make the right decision, and protect themselves and their friends from impaired driving.”