BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation Celebrates Child Passenger Safety Month 1-Year Anniversary

    BURNABY, BC, May 25 /CNW/ - On June first the BCAA Traffic Safety
Foundation will celebrate the first anniversary of Child Passenger Safety
Month in B.C.
    Last year the foundation declared June to be Child Passenger Safety Month
as the kick off of a campaign to increase public awareness about child
passenger safety and to prepare families for the changes to B.C.'s child
passenger safety laws.
    As of July 1, 2008, B.C.'s child passenger safety laws require all
drivers to be responsible for transporting any child in their vehicle under
the age of 9 in an age and weight appropriate child car seat or booster seat.
    "It's been a good year, especially with regard to booster seat use," says
Marg Deibert, Child Passenger Safety program manager for the foundation.
"Leading up to the change in the laws we were seeing a slight increase in
booster seat use, but after the new laws came into effect use of booster seats
has gone up significantly."
    In fact booster seat use increased from 18% to 66%. While this is good
news, Deibert says that there are still drivers out there who, for whatever
reason, are compromising the safety of the children in their vehicles by not
using proper child restraints.
    As part of Child Passenger Safety Month 2008, the BCAA Traffic Safety
Foundation launched the Child Car Seat Matching Fund to provide car seats and
booster seats to families in need.
    "We set aside $100,000 to match gifts from donors to purchase child car
seats," said the foundation's executive director, Allan Lamb. "Since then the
foundation has received significant donations from the Fraser Valley Brain
Injury Association, Metropolis at Metrotown, CIBC and Rotary Clubs, as well as
smaller organizations and individuals." The seats are being distributed
through Family Resource Programs throughout the province.
    The foundation also runs child car seat checks around the province where
child passenger safety educators provide one-to-one education, answering
questions and providing information about the proper installation and use of
child car seats and booster seats.
    Each year in British Columbia over 1,300 children under 9 years of age
are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions (roughly equivalent of 5
elementary schools). A correctly installed and used child car seat can reduce
the risk of injury and death by up to 85%.
    The foundation will be holding child passenger car seat checks in
communities around the province during the month of June. If you have
questions call the Child Seat Info line toll free at 1-877-247-5551 or visit

    About BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation

    The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation 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 604-298-5107.

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For further information:

For further information: Lennea Durant, Media Relations, BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation, Tel: (604) 875-1182, E-mail: lenneadurant@shaw.ca

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