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PARTY Program receives funding

ICBC has handed out $25,000 towards the PARTY program, which provides Grade 10 students an opportunity to experience what it would be like to be in a real car crash.

Spokesperson Colleen Woodger says it usually takes place in a hospital so students can see the different stages of trauma treatment.

“They get educated on the reality of a crash and they go through the various stations – from a crash scene, to emergency, and to intensive care, and get a real feel for what would happen if they got into a real crash”, notes Woodger.

Students also hear from physicians, nurses, paramedics, police, and firefighters who deal with this trauma first hand.

The event is a way to promote safe driving, and teaches students to avoid distracted driving.

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Woodger says that on average, over 900 youth are injured and three are killed in crashes every year on Vancouver Island.

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