June 9, 2006

100 B.C. high schools participate in BCAA Dry-Grad program

Burnaby, British Columbia – 100 high schools across British Columbia have agreed to participate in Dry Grad celebrations this June, sponsored by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA).

For the 15th year, the BCAA has donated complimentary memberships to schools holding Dry-Grad celebrations attended by at least 50 per cent of the school’s graduating students. The membership can be used as a gift, door prize or auction item.

“Graduating from high school is an important milestone, and should signal exciting new beginnings, not a tragic end,” says Allan Lamb, Executive Director of the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation. “Unfortunately, as young people leave high school they enter a period in which the risk of being injured or killed in a road collision is very high.” Sixteen- to 20-year-old drivers account for the second-highest number of alcohol-related collisions, behind 21- to 25-year-old drivers, according to 2004 B.C. Collision Statistics (the latest data available). In 2004, drivers aged 16 to 20 accounted for less than seven per cent of the total driving population, but were responsible for 16 per cent of all alcohol-related collisions.

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