May 17, 2007

BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation pleased with mandatory booster seat use

Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) Traffic Safety Foundation says it is pleased with the province’s announcement of mandatory booster seat use. The seats will be required when transporting a child between the ages of four and nine years, and under 4-foot-9 (145 cm) in a vehicle. Additionally, Linda Reid, Minister of State for Early Childhood Development, announced that further funding of $250,000 is being allocated to continue to help with public education of the importance of the seats.

Car crashes are still the leading cause of death and injury for children in B.C.; on average, 880 children between the ages of five and nine are seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes every year. Only 18 per cent of children in the province use booster seats, and generally children under the mandatory limits are too small to get the proper protection from adult restraints.

The BCAA Foundation developed the Boost BC school program last September, with information sent to school districts, schools and public health units. Since the program’s inception, 56 schools around the province have requested the program in the school; many of those have already adopted a booster seat use policy.

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