Local students prepare to take part in the PARTY program

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Local students prepare to take part in the PARTY program

Local high school students are getting a difficult dose of reality.

Police and their enforcement partners are hosting their annual Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth, or PARTY workshop tomorrow.

"It's about reality. It's about what happens in the case of somebody having one to many drinks or even consuming alcohol at all given the level of experience and tolerance and then getting behind the wheel of the car." explains Constable Christina Wilkins. "It is reality. It's exactly what happens and it could be worse of nature or it could be less serious but this is a very accurate depiction."

Wilkins says dozens of grade nine students will be given a guided tour of the tragedy caused by impaired driving.

"They are basically exposed to reality based learning where they realize that every action has a consequence. The day starts with a mock vehicle collision scene and is usually very serious in nature, usually involving at least one fatality." says Constable Wilkins. "Students are permitted to get up close and see what poor decision making can result in and they also have a front row seat for when emergency services personnel arrives and has to sort through the wreckage."

Students will also tour the hospital and the morgue, and hear first hand accounts from crash survivors and victim services officials.

"After the collision scene they are provided some information in the form of presentations. We have a look at what the possible impaired driver is now facing and also what happens with the victims and how victims services helps the RCMP do the next of kin notifications. As well, we have a look at the trauma that the survivors go through as well."

A number of students take part in the PARTY program every year being educated of being safe behind the wheel.
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