OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving) is an anti-impaired driving initiative which is found across the province of Ontario, Canada, aimed primarily at youth involvement in combating impaired driving. It was founded in 1987 and encourages the student population to practice responsible choices and to never to drive while impaired. OSAID chapter members regularly hold awareness raising activities, such as mocktail sales or events aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired or distracted driving.
Over the past decade, 20,000 youth leaders have graduated through OSAID. Each year OSAID reaches more than 300,000 students through 300 chapters (supported by adult and youth advisory councils across the province), with 5,000 amazing volunteers. Team leaders and volunteers gain invaluable life skills, grow and build confidence as they participate in networking, leadership and communication opportunities.
OSAID addresses an issue critical to us all, safety on our roads, while developing future leaders who will make lasting contributions.
In the early 1980’s the students’ fight against impaired driving began with a handful of dedicated students, police officers and teachers, and support from the Drinking and Driving Countermeasures Office of the Ministry of the Attorney General.
In 1987 the OSAID program began. After establishing a Board of Director’s and Student Advisory Committee, they received grants from Health and Welfare Canada to begin publication of an OSAID newsletter, to hire a Provincial Coordinator, and to establish a central office.
Since 1989 OSAID has grown from 100 to over 300 secondary school chapters. The office acts as a support hub for all OSAID groups needing information and resources. Every year OSAID hosts a Provincial Conference and in 1993, 2004, 2011 and 2013 hosted the National Canadian Youth Against Impaired Driving conference. All OSAID’s work has been developed with the goal of stopping the number one killer of youth.
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