Child Passenger Safety Week proclaimed

September 11, 2013

“Child Passenger Safety Week” was proclaimed on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to take place during the week of Sept. 15, through Sept. 21. Mayor David Webb signed the proclamation on Tuesday with certified child passenger safety technicians to urge citizens to help reduce injuries and tragic loss of life by buckling up and properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, and seat belts on every trip. Every year thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for children ages one to thirteen.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during Child Passenger Safety Week each year, hundreds of certified child passenger safety technicians are available at convenient local sites across the country to provide car seat inspections to parents and caregivers. Hands-on advice and instruction is also given on how to choose the right seat and use it correctly.

Sadly, most kids are not as secure in cars as they should be because heir car seats are not being properly used, according to a NHTSA study. This misuse places children at a tremendous and unnecessary risk when traveling. Many parents and caregivers also move their children up to the next restraint type too soon. That’s why hands-on inspection and instruction is so important. Parents and caregivers need to make certain they and their kids are buckled up properly on every trip, every time. Proper use of car seats, booster seats, and belts will help reduce the number of deaths and injuries occurring on America’s roadway.