PennDOT Announces Child Passenger Safety Week
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that when properly restrained infants have a 71 percent greater chance of surviving a car crash and toddlers have a 54 percent decrease in the risk of death. To educate adults on the proper use of child safety restraints, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is joining the NHTSA in its Child Passenger Safety Week campaign. The campaign runs September 16-22, 2012, and ends with National Seat Check Saturday.
The campaign is geared to helping parents find the appropriate car seat for their child. According to the NHTSA:
“There are so many car seat types and models, how do you know which one is right for your child? The right car seat or booster fits your child and your car and is one you will use correctly every time you travel. Not only will your child ride as safely as possible, you will be establishing the foundation for a lifelong habit of seat belt use every time your child travels.”
PennDOT funds and offers training and educational materials at 141 fitting stations across the state. Anyone who transports a child in a safety seat can stop by a fitting station to have a child safety seat properly installed. Check the Pennsylvania State Police website for a list of times and locations for safety seat checks.
“Only about one in every four child safety seats are installed correctly, so we’re urging those transporting our smallest passengers to get their seats checked,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said.
Our Pennsylvania car accident attorneys encourage all drivers to use safety belts when traveling Pennsylvania highways. Also, please make sure to take extra care in buckling up those that cannot do it themselves. Using a proper child safety seat is one of the most important steps you can take for ensuring your loved ones arrive safely at their destination.
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