On Monday, October 17, 2016, the Greater Sudbury Police Service and Sudbury Wolves kicked off National Teen Driver Safety Week through a Distracted Driving Declaration signing with the PAWES Program. As youth leaders in our community, the Sudbury Wolves signed a distracted driving declaration, pledging to drive without distraction or impairment.
“Our Shared Commitment to Community Safety and Well-being is a collaborative effort. Providing these young men with the opportunity to engage with our Officers and form positive relationships built on trust and friendship only enhances our ability to impact our community,” said Chief Pedersen. “The Sudbury Wolves players exemplify tremendous dedication and determination that many of our community’s youth look up to. It is our hope that through the Distracted Driving Declaration signed by the team, other youth in our community will take the pledge to drive without distraction or impairment.”
“We know that our position in the community provides us with the opportunity to lead and it’s important that as a team we lead by example,” said Reagan O’Grady, a right handed defenseman and alternate captain of the team, on supporting the Distracted Driving Declaration yesterday. “We encourage our classmates and fellow teenagers to become aware of their surroundings while driving or while being passengers in a vehicle in transit. Distracted Driving is a leading cause of collisions and we want to help make our communities safer.”
The PAWES (Police and Wolves Educating Sudbury) Program was launched in 2015 by the Greater Sudbury Police Service with a focus on leadership, teamwork and pride. The Sudbury Wolves players are paired with Officers for the duration of the hockey season where they attend community events, as well as, education and awareness sessions held by the Service. The goal of the PAWES Program is to promote positive interactions and relationships between our Officers and the players, many of whom are from out of town. The hope is that, as youth leaders in our community, the Sudbury Wolves players will be youth advocates for community safety and the policing profession, in Greater Sudbury and beyond.