Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) has donated 100 memberships to high schools in B.C. and the Yukon that are hosting “Dry Grad” events to help prevent impaired driving.

The memberships can be used as gifts, door prizes or auction items. By supporting Dry Grad celebrations, BCAA hopes to drive home the message among all young drivers that drinking, drugs and driving don’t mix.

According to the latest B.C. Traffic Collision Statistics, collected in 2006, drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 years account for the second-highest number of alcohol-related crashes, behind 21- to 25-year-olds. That year, drivers aged 16 to 20 represented less than 7 per cent of the total driving population, but were responsible for 17 per cent of all alcohol-related collisions.

While all 100 memberships have been allotted, schools can apply for 2010 graduation memberships by calling 604-268-5341 or faxing 604-268-5560 by April 30, 2010.

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