Launch of the CAA-Quebec Foundation



    QUEBEC, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, during a golf tournament on the
Plains of Abraham that re-created the game as it was played more than a
century ago, was launched the CAA-Quebec Foundation, whose primary mission
will be to promote greater knowledge of road safety. The event was attended by
Julie Boulet, Quebec Transport Minister and MNA for Laviolette, and Régis
Labeaume, Quebec City Mayor, among others.
    "The time has come in our history that we feel is appropriate for the
creation of such a foundation, said Paul A. Pelletier, President and Chief
Executive Officer of CAA-Quebec. We strongly believe that, thanks to it, our
organisation can play a bigger part in ensuring our roads are safer for
everyone." The foundation will conduct its own research into traffic safety,
in addition to promoting studies and actions from elsewhere in the world. In
this way, it will serve as a resource that will complement other Quebec
traffic safety specialists and organizations.
    Ms. Boulet, for her part, welcomed the CAA-Quebec initiative. "Road
safety is an important issue for Quebec society," she said. "The CAA-Quebec
Foundation will help us further strengthen our partnership with a key
stakeholder in road safety and will promote the development of expertise in
the field. This initiative, which I support, will improve our knowledge and
understanding of road safety, especially where young drivers are concerned."
    The new foundation will play an educational role, mainly studying
little-documented issues. Priority topics will include the behaviours and
attitudes of motorists and all road users, as well as the actual place that
road safety holds in modern thinking. Similarly, the foundation will examine
issues such as the entire subject of young people and driving, and the aging
of the population. "The foundation ultimately hopes to make its own
contribution to reducing the number and seriousness of collisions and saving
lives," Mr. Pelletier concluded.
    A not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, CAA-Quebec is active in
the area of road safety through initiatives such as its School Safety Patrol
Program, its involvement in promoting the correct use of child car safety
seats, its made-to-measure defensive driving courses, and its Approved Driving
Schools network. CAA-Quebec (http://www.caaquebec.com) provides automotive,
travel, residential and financial services, privileges and advantages to its
more than 950,000 members.




For further information:

For further information: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext. 2418,
pstpierre@caaquebec.com

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