02-12-2006, 11:38 PM #1
National Child Passenger Safety Week, February 12-18, 2006
Child Passenger Safety
National Child Passenger Safety Week, February 12-18, 2006
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. In the United States during 2004, 1,638 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes and approximately 214,000 were injured. That’s an average of 5 deaths and more than 586 injuries each day (NHTSA 2005a).
Of the children ages 0 to 14 years who were killed in motor vehicle crashes during 2004, half were unrestrained (NHTSA 2005a).
Most of these injuries could have been prevented. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate restraint systems reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half (NHTSA 2005a).
National Child Passenger Safety Week occurs each year during the week of Valentine’s Day, bringing public attention to the importance of safely transporting children. This year, the focus of National Child Passenger Safety Week is on booster seats.
More: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/spotlite/chldseat.htmRest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
02-12-2006, 11:40 PM #2
Perfect timing to coincide with another thread we have going of some certain celebrity driving with her infant on her lap.
This is an important topic, though, that deserves its own thread away from tabloid stuff.
It's important for all of us to know the other safety issues to consider when driving with kids in the carRest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
02-12-2006, 11:42 PM #3
Florida SAFE KIDS Coalition and Denny's Kick-Off Child Passenger Safety Week With Free Child Safety Seat Check-Up
Denny's to Provide Free Educational Child Passenger Growth Charts in All Florida Restaurants Through Continuing Partnership With the Florida Department of Health
MIAMI, Feb. 11 -- Denny's and the Florida Department of Health via the SAFE KIDS Florida Coalition today launched the second phase of their yearlong "Kid's Safety Zone" initiative by hosting a child safety seat inspection at a Denny's restaurant in Miami. The second topic, motor vehicle safety, is rolling out in time for National Child Passenger Safety Week, which begins February 13th. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians representing the SAFE KIDS Coalition distributed information, inspected car seats and worked one-on-one with parents to demonstrate the proper installation and use of each child's safety seat.
"Car seat checkpoints like this one are absolutely critical," said Nancy Humbert, Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. "Studies show that while 96% of parents believe their car seats are installed correctly, nearly 73% of car seats are misused in at least one way that could compromise their effectiveness. Working together with Denny's to help educate parents is a great partnership because of Denny's presence in Florida's communities and our expertise in kid's safety."
Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of accidental injury- related death among children in Florida. According to 2004 data from SAFE KIDS Worldwide, 38 Florida children age five and under were killed in crashes; 19 of those children were unrestrained. The fatality rate for unrestrained children under four is nearly 13 times higher than the rate for children who are properly restrained. Recognizing the opportunity to provide parents with the tools to curb these tragic statistics, motor vehicle safety is an absolutely essential topic for the "Kid's Safety Zone" to address. The program encourages parents to move beyond Florida's minimum child passenger requirements and follow national guidelines to take every possible precaution to protect their kids during car trips.
More: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...11/210390.htmlRest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
02-12-2006, 11:43 PM #4
AAA Texas and Babies 'R' Us Join for Child Passenger Safety Week
HOUSTON--Feb. 1, 20060, 2006--To help keep Texas children safe while they ride in vehicles, AAA Texas and Babies "R" Us today announced a partnership to provide discounts to help parents replace old, possibly unsafe child safety seats with new seats, according to AAA Texas.
"Next week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and this is the perfect time to alert Texas parents about the need to make sure their children are riding in safe car seats," said Mark Bell, regional vice president and general manager of AAA Texas. "Too often, children are placed in hand-me-down safety seats or seats that were purchased at a garage sale, thrift store or flea market. Those seats may only be good for the trash dumpster."
AAA Texas and Babies "R" Us are distributing, through AAA's 25 statewide offices, nearly 3,000 discount coupons for the purchase of a new child safety seat or a booster seat. The coupon is valid for a $10 discount on the purchase of a new seat that costs at least $40 only at Babies "R" Us retail stores. They are not accepted at Toys "R" Us or for online purchases.
Texas law requires children younger than five years old and less than 36" tall to ride in a child safety seat.
02-12-2006, 11:44 PM #5
HOWA Family Center boosts education efforts during Child Passenger Safety Week
Feb. 12-18 marks annual awareness effort to prevent child deaths in crashes
Last Updated: Thursday, February 09th, 2006 09:39:51 AM
During National Child Passenger Safety Week, Feb. 12-18, the HOWA Family Center reminds parents not to skip a step when it comes to properly securing children in a vehicle.
In Minnesota, three out of every four child restraints are used incorrectly, and many parents are unaware of the restraint steps a child should progress through as they grow — rear-facing infant seats; forward-facing toddler seats; booster seats and seat belts.
HOWA is stressing the importance of the booster seats — seat lifts that help seat belts fit children properly. In Minnesota, only 30 percent of 4- to 8-year-olds use boosters. Poor seat belt fit can contribute to serious injury, ejection and death in vehicle crashes.
Children must graduate into different car seats based on their age and size.
• All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat.
• Children up to at least 1 year and 20 pounds should be in rear-facing seats.
• Toddlers over 1 year and between 20 to 40 pounds should use a forward-facing seat with harness straps.
• Children over age 4, over 40 pounds and under 4-feet, 9-inches should use booster seats in combination with seat belts.
In 2004, 15 children ages 10 and younger were vehicle occupants killed in crashes. Of the eight 4 to 10 years old killed, five were not using booster seats and three were totally unrestrained.
02-12-2006, 11:47 PM #6
Child Passenger Safety Week not just for kids
National Child Passenger Safety Week isn't just for the kids any more.
This year's theme, "Buckle Up for Life," takes things one step further. PennDOT and local police departments are encouraging drivers and passengers to use seat belts throughout their lives, from their first ride home after birth through childhood and adulthood.
Safety week kicks off Sunday and will continue through Feb. 18.
Forward Twp. police Chief Tom Staley said police departments statewide will go one step further, vigorously monitoring seat belt checkpoints through April.
"If we're proactive on the issue, maybe we can save someone's life," Cartia said.
According to NHTSA statistics, 68 percent of vehicle passengers ages 13- to 15-year-olds killed in traffic crashes were not using restraints, the highest percentage of any age group.
Pleasant Hills Police Chief Floyd Nevling said that almost every spring there is at least one accident in the borough involving teens, in which one or more is killed.
"Teens tend not to wear seat belts," he said. "A lot of times, they are in cars being driven by teens. Young drivers often feel they're immortal, and don't take the care that adults do."
Nevling said senior citizens also are frequent violators of seat belt laws, and sometimes they fail to buckle up their grandchildren.
"(Senior citizens) grew up when they didn't have seat belts, and now that they're required, they have a hard time making that adjustment," Nevling said. "Usually they are reluctant."
People who are unable to afford a car seat, or who would like to locate the closest car seat clinic, can call 800-CAR-BELT.
02-12-2006, 11:52 PM #7
Child Passenger Safety Week brings public attention to important issue
Photos of Britney Spears driving with her 4-month-old son on her lap have shocked child-passenger safety experts, but one local advocate intends to use the celebrity’s “bad example” as an opportunity.
In that regard, Spears’ timing couldn’t be better: Next week is Child Passenger Safety Week. Several agencies will be holding free car seat checks throughout the week — the first scheduled for Monday at the Police Operations Center downtown.
“How perfect as far as education goes,” said Maile Gray, a nationally certified child-seat expert who also runs the traffic safety education programs for the Colorado Springs Police Department.
02-14-2006, 11:33 AM #8
It's sad which threads get the most views