A reminder from CAA-Quebec: Never too late for a school safety patrol

    QUEBEC, Sept. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - CAA-Quebec is taking advantage of the
beginning of a new school year to remind parents and elementary school
principals concerned about student safety that the organization's school
safety patrol program, in existence since 1929, is an original way to get
youngsters involved... in their own safety!
    "The school safety patrol program gives youngsters an opportunity to
learn about the importance of road safety," says Sophie Gagnon, Director,
Public and Government Affairs, CAA-Quebec. "Since they are also the drivers of
tomorrow, this certainly helps them get started!"


    Setting up a school safety patrol program is very straightforward. For
parents, the first step is to approach the school principal, who then contacts
CAA-Quebec to get the ball rolling. CAA-Quebec supplies patrol organizers with
the necessary materials and technical assistance. To contact CAA-Quebec's road
safety department, simply call 1 800 463-7232 (Quebec City: 418 624-2424,
ext. 2227) or write to: securite.routiere@caa-quebec.qc.ca.


    The young school patrollers are chosen from among several candidates.
They then receive training and are encouraged to develop their sense of
responsibility. By acting as patrollers, they are able to show school
authorities, their parents and their schoolmates that they are trustworthy.
What's more, from among the 30,000 student patrollers in Quebec in close to
1,100 schools, one will be named School Safety Patroller of the Year by
CAA-Quebec as part of its annual contest held in June. A nice way to be
recognized by one's peers!


    The mission of the school safety patrol program is to encourage
elementary school students to be careful in the street, on school buses and in
the schoolyard. The patroller has an important role to play. In fact, it is
known that the proportion of students who cross the street without first
looking for cars drops from 68% to 17% when there is a patroller present.

    CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services, benefits and
privileges to its approximately 900,000 members.

For further information:

For further information: Montréal: Claudia Martin, (514) 861-7111, poste
3210; Québec: Philippe Saint-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, poste 2418

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