Media advisory - Paediatricians to sit in the hot seat for car seat safety

    VICTORIA, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Paediatricians are encouraged to give
parents advice on the proper use of car and booster seats. And during the
Canadian Paediatric Society's annual conference, they'll be asked to "walk the
talk" and properly install the devices.
    After a demonstration on the proper installation of car and booster
seats, conference delegates-paediatricians from across Canada-will be invited
to see whether they can do it too.
    The event, which coincides with the introduction of new child restraint
legislation in British Columbia, supports a recent CPS position statement that
says doctors should help educate parents on the proper use of infant and child
car seats.
    Car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by up to 71 per cent.
Despite this, up to 81 per cent of car seats and 50 per cent of boosters seats
are used improperly and over 2,500 children between the ages of one and four
are injured or killed in car collisions every year.
    The Honorable Linda Reid, Minister of State for Child Care, will speak
about B.C.'s new legislation. Conference delegates will practice installing
car and booster seats.

    Date:        Thursday, June 26, 2006
    Time:        9:00 a.m. (PT)
    Location:    Parking layby, Victoria Conference Centre

    The event is hosted by the CPS Injury Prevention Committee, the Capital
Regional District Traffic Safety Commission and British Columbia Automobile
Association Traffic Safety Foundation.

    The Canadian Paediatric Society is a national professional association
that promotes the health needs of children and youth. Founded in 1922, the CPS
represents more than 2,600 paediatricians, paediatric sub specialists and
other child health professionals across Canada.

    The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is a not-for-profit
member services organization, affiliated with the Canadian Automobile
Association (CAA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA), with more
than 771,000 members in British Columbia and the Yukon.

    The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government of the
13 municipalities and three electoral areas located in the southern area of
Vancouver Island. The CRD serves its citizens by managing high quality local,
regional and municipal services.

    Additional media materials:

    CPS position statement: Transportation of infants and children in motor
    Fact sheet
    Speaker biographies

For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Emma Wadland, Communications
Coordinator, Canadian Paediatric Society, (613) 526-9397 ext. 247; On-site in
Victoria (June 24 - 28): Christine LaRocque, Senior Writer, Public Education,
(613) 850-4868

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