March 1, 2002

Report underscores importance of traffic safety programs

Burnaby, B.C. – A report issued by the Children’s Commissioner on February 26th which highlighted the tragic death-toll of young people in B.C. through car crashes, underscores the decision by the
British Columbia Automobile Association’s (BCAA) to launch the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, said the BCAA.

The new non-profit charitable organization, the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation seeks to “change and save lives” through hands-on traffic safety programs at the community level throughout B.C.

The Foundation’s first initiative is to revitalize the School Safety Patrol program. Established over 60 years ago, this proven traffic safety measure is a partnership between schools, police and parent volunteers who help train grade five and six elementary school students to guard the crosswalks at their school, ensuring their classmates arrive safely each day. BCAA in cooperation with local schools and parent volunteers have been successful in training over 1500 student patrollers at over 52 schools across the province.

“The School Safety Patrol Program is a vital element in ensuring our children get to and from school safely every day,” explains John R

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