On average, one person dies every five hours on Canadian roads.

It’s a statistic the B.C. Forest Safety Council, in co-ordination with Canfor, Drop It And Drive and Northern Health, is trying to change.

On Nov. 6, a free distracted driving prevention education seminar and workshop will be held at the Northern Grand Hotel in Fort St. John.

The seminar is open to anyone, but workers in the forest industry will be given priority. It’s designed to raise awareness amongst drivers, employees and supervisors, and will provide employers with the tools to create an effective corporate safety culture.

The interactive workshop is catered to those in safety leadership roles within their organization. To attend the workshop, you must have attended the seminar.

The speakers, Tim Baillie and Karen Bowman, have more than 35 years in safety and communications combined. Baillie is a retired fire captain, and Bowman is the founder and executive director of Drop it And Drive, a group advocating to change driver behaviors and beliefs.

The seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and the workshop will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The B.C. Forest Safety Council is a not-for-profit society that was created in September 2004, and is dedicated to promoting safety in the forest industry.