Campaign to prevent child fatalities in Texas auto crashes

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm, P.C. || 27-Oct-2012

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for children under 15 years of age, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Sadly, many of these deaths could have been prevented if children were properly restrained. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 75 percent of child passenger safety seats are not correctly used in vehicles.

In a 2011 study of 14 Texas cities, more than 10 percent of the children were riding without any safety restraints in vehicles. Statistics like these have prompted the Texas Department of Transportation to launch a public awareness campaign titled “Save Me With A Seat.” The purpose of this initiative is to increase awareness among parents about the necessity of properly restraining children while traveling in a vehicle, and inform parents about the proper way to install and use child safety restraints.

“The ‘Save Me With A Seat’ Campaign’ reminds families to buckle up their children properly, each and every ride,” explained a TxDOT Traffic Operations Director. The campaign was in full force last week when organizations conducted safety seat check-ups and provided advice to parents about proper child safety seat restraints.

A 2009 Texas law requires children below eight years of age to be restrained while riding in a vehicle unless they are taller than four feet, nine inches. Restraint includes the use of safety and booster seats. Those who do not adhere to this mandate can be fined, but more importantly not properly securing your child in the car can put his or her life at risk.

Source: Marketwatch.com, “TxDOT launches ‘Save Me With A Seat’ public awareness campaign to urge parents and caregivers to practice proper child passenger safety,” Sept. 17, 2012

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