May 23, 2003


BCAA promotes Dry Grad program

Burnaby, B.C. – For the 12th year in a row, the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is sponsoring Dry Grad celebrations across B.C. in an effort to encourage grade 12 students to party safely this grad season.

Impaired driving continues to be a serious problem in B.C. – especially among young people. According to Insurance Corporation of B.C. statistics for 2001, 457 drivers aged 16 to 21 were involved in injury and fatal alcohol-related collisions – almost one quarter of the total number of B.C. drivers involved in injury and fatal alcohol-related collisions. The number of victims – passengers, pedestrians and other road users – in the same age group injured or killed in alcohol-related collisions is 879, almost double the number of drivers.

“Graduating students should be encouraged to celebrate, but celebrate safely,” says Bill Bullis, BCAA President and CEO. “We were reminded of this, this past weekend by the tragic death of a high school student near Squamish. Untimely deaths such as this take such a toll on families, schools and entire communities.”

BCAA donates a complimentary membership to up to 100 secondary 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. Since the program began in 1991, BCAA has had strong participation in the program by schools all over B.C.

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