Crash course on dangers of impaired driving

On May 16 at Central York Fire Services Training Centre in Newmarket, a group of high school students learned the difference between party and PARTY (Preventing Risk and Alcohol related Trauma in Youth). The York Region version was likely different from any they’ve ever attended.

Region paramedics and partners re-created a lifelike vehicle crash to demonstrate the life-threatening situations that can happen when a driver is high and unable to quickly react. Grades 10 through 12 students also heard several powerful survivor stories at the event.

The PARTY program was developed in 1986 by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and is based on the understanding that 90 per cent of all injuries are both predicable and preventable.

“It’s about learning through vivid and emotional experience,” says the program website. “It’s about learning from real people and their very real experiences.”

Photo: York Region paramedics demonstrate to students what could happen when driving impaired. York Region photo

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