By: Kalisha Mendonsa
Published: September 30, 2015

A young community member has taken it upon himself to use his rare position as a race car driver to promote the idea of ending distracted driving. Parker Thompson, 17, is entering his second year of promoting the Drive to Stay Alive campaign, taking the program national this year.

He has committed to speaking to peers across the province and country to help students and teachers recognize the growing danger that is distracted driving. “It’s something that is really close to my heart and I want to put an end to it,” Thompson said while visiting Notre Dame High School last week.

“I wanted to find something to give back to not only Red Deer, but all of Alberta and eventually Canada. This seems to be a growing, emerging problem and I don’t see anybody else really tapping into it. There isn’t another campaign out there targeting distracted driving, especially in Alberta. This is something close to my heart – I know what crashes can do to the human body, and I’ve been in my fair share of accidents with racing. It’s the same with street cars – if you get into a crash, it’s always possible to be life threatening.”………