PARTY takes on new meaning for 5,000 students this week
It only takes one moment to change a life. For 5,000 students this week, we’re hoping that moment happens in their seats instead of on the road.
For the 10th year, we are honored to serve as a gathering place to educate, empower and promote positive choices among students from 35 different high schools who will attend P.A.R.T.Y. @ the P.A.C. Wednesday and Thursday.
The program, sponsored by the ThedaCare Foundation and which ThedaCare has been running for 26 years, has educated approximately 50,000 students in its decade at the Center and has continued to keep the conversation going when it comes to safe behavior on the road.
P.A.R.T.Y. stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth which the program works to do by creating a dramatic, realistic series of events that unfolds in front of the audience as police departments, fire departments, representatives from Theda Clark Medical Center and others play out a scene that happens far too often. The program isn’t meant to scare young drivers but instead to empower them to make positive choices every time they hit the road.
A program that started based in drinking and driving has adapted and becomes more relevant each year as it discusses texting and distracted driving in addition to not wearing a seatbelt as risky behaviors to avoid.
The conversations that start here are ones that will hopefully make the community safer for everyone and we, for one, are honored to be a part of it.
Here are a few photos from last year’s event and some facts students will learn throughout the day.*
One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.
Each year drunk driving fatalities cost Wisconsin Taxpayers about $1 billion
There were 44,000 convictions for drunken driving offenses in Wisconsin last year.
In 2011, 60% of passengers (ages 16-20) killed in traffic crashes were not using seatbelts.
Seatbelts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to a front-seat passenger car occupant by 45%.
About 104 men, women, and children are killed each year in inattentive driving crashes.
Approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phone or electronic devices while driving at any given moment.
In Wisconsin, 3 out of 4 drivers who had been drinking and were involved in a crash that resulted in one or more deaths or incapacitating injuries had no prior convictions.
Thank you, Theda Clark Medical Center Foundation for bringing your important, educational message to the Fox Cities P.A.C.
You can follow our conversation online at #PARTYfcpac and don’t forget to have your own talk with your loved ones about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
*Facts provided by ThedaCare.