Government of British Columbia Proclaims June Child Passenger Safety Month



    BURNABY, BC, June 9 /CNW/ - The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation is
extremely pleased that the Government of British Columbia has proclaimed
June 2008, "Child Passenger Safety Month".
    "This proclamation speaks volumes about the government's commitment to
child passenger safety in this province," stated David Dunne, director of
provincial programs for the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation. The foundation has
been working very closely with the B.C. government to ensure that all children
travel safely when in vehicles.
    On July 1st, new child passenger safety laws come into effect that will
require all drivers to transport all children in an age and weight appropriate
child car seat or booster seat until their 9th birthday.
    In recognition of the effort that the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation has
made to make parents and caregivers aware of the seriousness of this issue,
the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is showing their support
with a contribution of $32,000.00 to go toward continued public education and
child passenger safety programs.
    "This issue continues to gain momentum, and with good reason," said Port
Moody-Westwood MLA Iain Black. "The fact is children who are not properly
secured in booster seats face a higher risk of injury or death when they are
involved in a motor vehicle accident." Black successfully led an 8 city
campaign across B.C. to bring awareness and change to child seatbelt
regulations.
    Each year in British Columbia over 1,300 children under 9 years of age
are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions (roughly equivalent of 5
elementary schools). Most of those injuries and fatalities are preventable
when children are properly restrained in an age and weight appropriate child
seat.
    For more information about child passenger safety visit
www.ChildSeatInfo.ca or call 1-877-247-5551 to speak to a Child Passenger
Safety Educator.

    Available for Interview:

    David Dunne, Director of Provincial Programs, BCAA Traffic Safety
Foundation
    Marg Deibert, Senior Child Passenger Safety Instructor, BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation

    About BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation

    The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity
working with families, communities and business partners to reduce the number
and severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C. For more information
visit www.BCAATSF.ca or call 604-298-5107.

    
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    URL for this media release is:
http://www.tsfbcaa.com/content/custompages/news.aspx





For further information:

For further information: Lennea Durant, Media Relations, BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation, Tel: (604) 875-1182, E-mail: lenneadurant@shaw.ca; David
Dunne, Director of Provincial Program, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, Tel:
(604) 297-2152

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