BCAA helps steer graduating students towards safe Dry Grad celebrations

    BURNABY, BC, June 17 /CNW/ - Concerned by the fact that some students may
be tempted to drink, take drugs and drive this grad season, BCAA has donated
100 memberships to B.C. and Yukon high schools hosting Dry Grad events. The
membership can be used as a gift, door prize or auction item. By supporting
Dry Grad celebrations, BCAA hopes to drive home the message among all young
drivers that drinking, drugs and driving don't mix.
    The problem of impaired driving continues to be a concern amongst the
teenage years according to the latest B.C. Traffic Collision Statistics
collected in 2006. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 years account for the
second-highest number of alcohol-related crashes, behind 21 to 25-year-old
drivers. Young drivers aged 16 to 20 represented less than seven per cent of
the total driving population in 2006. Yet, they were responsible for 17 per
cent of all alcohol-related collisions that year.
    "Graduating from high school is an important milestone, and should signal
exciting new beginnings, not a tragic end," says BCAA Traffic Safety
Foundation Executive Director of the, Allan Lamb. "We encourage students to
continue their vigilance and leadership in celebrating responsibly not only
during graduation time, but long into their adult lives."
    In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, Lamb also notes
the rising concern of drug-driving. Recent research conducted by the Canadian
Centre on Substance Abuse together with the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
shows clear evidence that drug use and driving is as big a problem as alcohol
and driving. "Drivers need to be made aware that drug-driving is just as big a
risk to themselves and others," warns Lamb.
    Each year, all 100 memberships donated by BCAA's Dry Grad program are
scooped up by participating schools. To receive a BCAA membership in 2010,
schools can apply to BCAA Corporate Communications no later than April 30,
2010. Application forms are available by faxing (604) 268-5560, or calling
(604) 268-5341.

    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 793,000 members and
$130 million in revenues, BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C.
and the fourth largest CAA-affiliated association in Canada. For the past
three years, 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 more information on the BCAA Traffic Safety
Foundation visit www.tsf-bcaa.com.

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; Jennifer Timm, BCAA Media Relations Advisor, Tel: (604)
268-5342, E-mail: jennifer.timm@bcaa.com

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