Quebec, Quebec – CAA-Quebec has marked the 80th anniversary of its School Safety Patrol Program, joined by hundreds of young safety patrollers from the fifth and sixth grades.

Paul Pelletier, president and CEO of CAA-Quebec, presented a plaque commemorating a 25-year partnership with the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) to Johanne St-Cyr, vice-president for road safety at SAAQ. “Young people of elementary school age, who are between 5 and 12 years old, are a very vulnerable group on the roads,” St-Cyr said. “We are all responsible for our conduct on the road, but it is important to help young people in this regard. Because they are so often unaware of danger, they certainly benefit from the sound advice and the attention provided by their safety patroller peers to prevent accidents on the roads or schoolyards.”

At the ceremony, Sandrine Mansion of La Source school in Quebec City was named School Safety Patroller of the Year for 2008-2009.

The program, created by CAA-Quebec in 1929, is accessible to all schools in the province free of charge. Hundreds of schools and thousands of students participate each year.

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