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. As a student-led, peer to peer program, it helps develop valuable future leadership skills. Founded in 1987, OSAID has a strong history of high school students practicing responsible choices, during a time many are learning to drive and deal with a variety of issues related to social situations. These social situations, alcohol and drug use and the reliance on smartphones, are key dangers related to impaired and distracted driving and contribute to crashes, serious injuries and fatalities among young people and novice drivers.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, thousands of youth leaders have graduated through OSAID. Each year OSAID reaches students through 300+ school chapters (supported by adult and youth advisory councils across the province), with countless 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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