ICBC Increases Funding for P.A.R.T.Y. Program
P.G. Party Program Introduction – courtesy P.A.R.T.Y. program Prince George
Prince George, B.C.- ICBC has more than doubled its annual funding for the P.A.R.T.Y. program which teaches young drivers about the consequences of bad decisions when operating a vehicle.
Vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death among those aged 16 to 26 says retired RCMP Constable Gary Godwin, who continues to deliver the PARTY program message in Prince George . Godwin says the 5 contributing factors among those fatal crashes are impaired driving, distracted driving, excessive speed, falling asleep behind the wheel and driving too fast for conditions.
ICBC says each year in Northern B.C, 6 youth will die in a crash, while 390 others will be injured.
In the past, ICBC has contribute about $10 thousand to the program, but this year, the amount is $25 grand, just how that money will be distributed throughout the Province is not available.
The program, which is officially called Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) , will allow 7 thousand youth aged 15 and up to attend one of the 140 planned sessions in the Province.
During the session, youth follow the journey of a patient seriously injured in a crash starting at the crash site, all the way through rehabilitation. They hear from those involved along the way, such as ambulance attendants, police, paramedics, firefighters, and brain injury survivors.
“We’re proud to support the P.A.R.T.Y. program,” said Mark Blucher, ICBC’s president and CEO. “This funding means many young people will experience this important program. It’s a key part of our commitment to being actively involved in keeping youth safe across B.C.”
This looks like a very good programme and a big thank you to Const. Gary Goodwin for delivering it here.
Now, what would be nice would be to have the ICBC senior staff, who get big bonuses, donate at least part of that to an ongoing programme for novice drivers to get the same kind of message through to them too.
That is where I see its also badly needed.
I am against discrimination in any form, this is without a doubt discrimination against young people.. no question about it. You should not be labeled a bad driver just because of your age, bad driver label should be earned. Once you start having accidents a sticker should be placed on your window a “B” for bad driver. Maybe the embarrassment will make them smarten up or quit driving … This is the only way to target the group of drivers that need it. Education about drinking and cell phones is a must though.
The premise of this program is good but why does everything have to have am acronym? Nobody except those directly involved know what it means anyway.
A very small percentage of the money I fork out in ICBC insurance premiums goes towards this important and worth-while program, good to see its funding increase as ICBC reaches further into our pockets though yet more announced rate increases.
FYI, there are four public insurers in Canada, and out of those four, ICBC has the highest insurance premiums.
If you want MILLIONS of kids to see this….put a video of it ONLINE.. The initial investment would be a bit more..but could be used for decades… KNOW your audience..
Well said PVal, great idea.
A video produced by young people, FOR young people
(after all, the target group is ages 16 to 26 )
Get the video onto the latest hot social media sites, guarantees that more people in that demographic will see it, but no guarantee that being informed will serve to temper youthful energy behind the wheel of an automobile.
Damn good ideas, you two, well said.
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