BCAA helps steer graduating students towards safe Dry Grad celebrations

    BURNABY, BC, June 1 /CNW/ - Concerned by the fact that some students may
be tempted to drink and drive this grad season, BCAA has donated
100 memberships to schools hosting Dry Grad events across the province. The
memberships are intended for use as a gift, door prize or auction item. By
supporting Dry Grad celebrations, BCAA hopes Grade 12 students will steer
clear of drinking and driving, keeping themselves and other road users safe.
    Young drivers between 16 and 20 years of age account for the
second-highest number of alcohol-related collisions, behind 21- to 25-year-old
drivers, according to 2005 B.C. Traffic Collision Statistics (the latest data
available). Although drivers aged 16 to 20 accounted for less than
seven per cent of the total driving population in 2005, they were responsible
for 16 per cent of all alcohol-related collisions.
    "Two people are killed every week by impaired drivers in our province,"
says Allan Lamb, executive director of the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation.
"Graduation is a time teens should remember for the rest of their lives;
however they should also keep in mind that celebrations also lead to a number
of deadly scenarios such as driving late at night, driving with multiple
passengers, and drinking and driving."
    Lamb also reminds parents that their choices related to drinking and
driving have a strong influence on their children's behaviour. "In addition to
supporting Dry Grads, parents and older siblings should set the right example
and never drink and drive, or allow their friends and family members to pick
up the car keys after consuming too much alcohol," says Lamb.
    Each year, BCAA donates a complimentary membership to 100 secondary
schools throughout B.C. holding Dry Grad celebrations attended by at least
50 per cent of the school's graduating students. Each year, all 100
memberships are given away.

    About BCAA

    BCAA is dedicated to meeting the needs of its members and customers
throughout B.C. and the Yukon, connecting them with a team of membership,
automotive, travel and insurance professionals. With over 765,000 members and
$115 million in revenues, BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C.
and the third largest CAA-affiliated association in Canada. In 2007, BCAA was
named one the 50 Best Employers in Canada by international HR consultants
Hewitt Associates and the Globe & Mail's Report on Business magazine. To learn
more about BCAA's products, services and member advocacy, visit www.bcaa.com.
For information on the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation visit www.BCAATSF.ca.

    About BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation

    The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation (TSF) 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 the Child Passenger Safety
Information Line 1-877-297-2254.

For further information:

For further information: Allan Lamb, Executive Director, BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation, Tel: (604) 297-2151, Cell: (604) 230-6159, E-mail:
allan@tsf-bcaa.com; Niela A. Melanio, BCAA Corporate Communications, Tel:
(604) 268-5493, E-mail: niela.melanio@bcaa.com

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