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.”