BCAA Applauds Wisdom of 2010 Grads
June 17, 2010
As students graduate high school and begin their adult lives, many graduates will be stepping out on the right foot by celebrating their important milestone alcohol and drug free. For the 19th consecutive year, BCAA is supporting students who make the wise choice to hold “Dry Grad” celebrations by donating 100 memberships to participating B.C. and Yukon high schools. The membership can be used as a gift, door prize or auction item to help with the school’s Dry Grad fundraising.
“Parents, students and teachers work tirelessly all year to raise much needed funds to cover the costs of staging a Dry Grad event,” says Trace Acres, BCAA’s director of Corporate Communications & Government Affairs. “We want to help schools provide a safe, drug and alcohol free environment where grad students can celebrate with their friends, be entertained and steer clear of driving impaired.”
Recent statistics reveal impaired driving amongst teens is still an ongoing concern. According to B.C. Traffic Collision Statistics collected in 2007:
- Young drivers aged 16 to 20 represented less than 6.5 per cent of the total driving population yet they were responsible for nearly 15 per cent of all alcohol-related collisions that year.
- Drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 years account for the second-highest number of alcohol-related crashes, behind 21 to 25-year-old drivers.
- Of the 7.1 per cent of under-aged alcohol-involved drivers, 82 per cent were 17 and 18 years of age.
- The number of alcohol-related collisions is highest in the month of June.
- The number of drug and alcohol related fatal collisions increased between 2006 and 2007.
Graduating from high school brings a new sense of freedom and maturity," says Allan Lamb, executive director of the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation. "I applaud those students who choose to celebrate with a Dry Grad and encourage them to continue to make responsible choices regarding alcohol, drugs and driving in the future."
Lamb also warns “drug-driving is just as big a risk to drivers and others road users.” Recent research conducted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse together with the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation shows clear evidence that drug use and driving is as big a problem as alcohol and driving.
BCAA’s Dry Grad Challenge
BCAA will continue to provide support for high schools holding Dry Grad events. The organization is currently updating its annual Dry Grad Challenge program. Details about the new program will be provided to B.C. and Yukon high schools when the new school year begins. For more information, schools and their Dry Grad committee members can contact BCAA Corporate Communications by phone at (604) 268-5339 or email.
Avoid spoiling your fun during grad and beyond. Before you get your party on:
- Choose a designated driver and be “uber” thankful that they’ve agreed to get everyone home safe
- Keep money aside for a bus or taxi. Consider saving up money to specifically cover the cost of transportation for the times when you’ll be consuming alcohol
- Stay overnight in a safe place like a friend’s home or make arrangements for hotel accommodations
- Call a friend or family member who has not consumed any alcohol to pick you up. Then buy them a coffee or dinner to say thanks.