Fans following the NHL play-offs in bars, restaurants, or at home with
friends, are advised to plan ahead and keep our roads safe.
BURNABY, B.C., April 12 /CNW/ - With their team winning the Presidents'
Trophy and having the league's leading scorer and best goal-tending
tandem, Canucks fans have lots to celebrate this spring and are hoping
for more. The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) and the
BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation encourage fans across the province to
celebrate responsibly during the play-offs and ensure their post-season
fun is not marred by an impaired driving tragedy. Fans consuming
alcohol at games, in bars and restaurants, or at home with their
friends and families, have several options to avoid drinking and
driving - assign a designated driver, take transit, walk, call a cab or
call for BCAA's Safe-Ride-Home service.
"We want everyone to remember the fun they had and the excitement of
having a team in the play-offs," says Allan Lamb, Executive Director of
the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation. "A poor choice to get behind the
wheel after drinking could result in someone having a very different
memory - something they'd prefer to forget."
BCAA's Safe-Ride-Home service is available to BCAA Members who
unexpectedly find themselves in a situation where they are unable to
drive safely for reasons such as medical treatment, physical injury or
consumption of alcohol. The service, which began as a three month trial
last December, is now a permanent feature of all BCAA memberships.
Members are entitled to one Safe-Ride-Home call per year, and the tow
home is limited to the Member and his/her vehicle, and to the maximum
towing distance allowed by his/her type of membership.
"BCAA encourages safe and responsible driving choices," says Trace
Acres, BCAA's Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.
"Our Safe-Ride-Home service provides BCAA Members with another
alternative to taking an unnecessary chance and driving home after
Between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011, 56 BCAA Members who felt
it was unsafe for them to drive home made the responsible choice and
called for a Safe-Ride-Home.
BCAA also encourages party hosts and businesses to think ahead and be
prepared with non-alcoholic drinks, designated drivers, cab company
phone numbers, guest accommodations, or other options to prevent
impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.
BCAA strives to deliver an amazing experience to its 786,000 members,
providing peace-of-mind and meeting their automotive, road travel and
insurance needs. BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C.,
with $400 million in gross annual sales and a Member in one-in-four
B.C. households. In addition to receiving award winning roadside
assistance and insurance services, Members can also take advantage of
CAA dollar rewards, insurance discounts and the Member exclusive Show
Your Card & Save program. To learn more about BCAA's benefits, services
and advocacy, visit www.bcaa.com.
SOURCE British Columbia Automobile Association
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