Since 2012, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) Alberta, in partnership with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC), has coordinated their Liquor Bag Campaign, whereby Alberta students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 can add their personal message about the dangers of impaired driving to a paper liquor bag. Once the students complete their messaging, an adult or teacher collects the bags and distributes them to local liquor stores for use with regular sales. This activity assists educators in continuing the conversation about the dangers of drinking and driving, and also involves members of the community.
There is no cost to the school or students. SADD Alberta received orders for over 60,000 bags from more than 250 schools including École Broxton Park School.
Congratulations to Broxton Park’s Darbi Waine who is the Second Place winner in Category 1.
The bags with the winning designs will be distributed to liquor stores throughout Alberta prior to the May long weekend. As Albertan’s celebrate this ‘first weekend of summer’, they often are making liquor purchases. We know that messages like Darbi’s on the bags will make an impact. They will make someone reconsider their choices and will help to keep Albertan’s safe on a weekend that historically sees impaired driving related tragedy.
You can find all of the details and images of the winning bags on SADD’S website at this link.
Here’s an excerpt from Darbi’s ‘Congratulations!’ e-mail from the contest organizers to her parents:
In conclusion, we are very proud of the work that Darbi did on her liquor bag and also for having the courage to have a voice and speak out against impaired driving. The purpose of the campaign is to create conversations between young Albertans, their parents, teachers, peers, etc. about the dangers of drinking and driving, driving while impaired and also to ensure that as passengers, we all ride safe and never get into a vehicle with an impaired driver. We hope that these conversations will continue as your child grows. Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death in Canada, with those at the highest risk being our youth. Impairment begins after one drink but also comes in many other forms including that of driving while under the influence of drugs. Unfortunately, we are now seeing increased tendencies toward drug impaired driving and for youth to be riding with drug impaired drivers.
Congratulations Darbi! Thank you for the fantastic work you did on your liquor bag design and also for your strong voice and conviction in standing up against impaired driving. Remember that ‘Friends Don’t Let Friend’s Drink & Drive’.