Youth drama performance reinforces the importance of road safety
May 9, 2016
Decisions behind the wheel can lead to a lifetime of consequences. That’s the message SGI and the Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre (GTNT) are demonstrating firsthand this spring with a live performance aimed at youth in high schools across the province.
The performance, titled The Toe Tag Crew, profiles the lives of four young people looking back on how dangerous driving decisions resulted in dire consequences. The performance places a focus on key road safety issues impacting Saskatchewan teens, including seatbelt use and impaired, distracted and aggressive driving.
“Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury and death for Saskatchewan youth,” Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota MLA Bronwyn Eyre said on behalf of Minister Responsible for SGI Don McMorris. “Too many drivers—especially teens—think it will never happen to them, but the truth is collisions on our roads can and do happen and many of them have a lifetime of consequences.”
The performance underlines a key issue in the province. In 2014, 15 teens1 were killed and 748 were injured in vehicle crashes on Saskatchewan roads.
“TV shows or movies are one thing, but through live performance we can reach and connect with students in new ways,” said actor Dalton Lightfoot, who plays the role of Liam, one of the teens in the performance. “After the show ends we interact with students and continue to share the important message of road safety.”
SGI commissioned the performance, written and performed by the GTNT, specifically to reach high school youth. It incorporates the use of hashtags and social media to engage students. The travelling performance kicks off on May 9 in Saskatoon and wraps up on June 3 in Regina. Over its month-long tour, the performance will visit a total of 22 high schools in 21 communities and reach approximately 5,000 youth. See the attached media backgrounder for the list of schools across the province that will see the performance.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.