Safe Kids Seminole County

Posted on: 2/12/2003

SAFE KIDS Seminole County
Partnering with
Classic Chevy to conduct
Car Seat Checks
in
Recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week


Seminole County, Florida will recognize National Child Passenger Safety Week during the week of February 9th-15th, SAFE KIDS Seminole County will join community agencies throughout Florida and nationwide to spread the message that the entire family should buckle up when riding in a motor vehicle.
On February 13th from 10am-2pm at Classic Chevy in Altamonte Springs, Certified Car Seat Technicians will be on site to conduct Car Seat checks.

Paula Ritchey, SAFE KIDS Coordinator states that, “Buckling up is still the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries from motor vehicle crashes on America’s roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Motor Vehicle Crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 4 to 14, and in 2000 more than half of all children under 15 years of age killed in car crashes were completely unrestrained.” Adults who don’t buckle up send children a deadly message that it is all right to ride unbuckled when traveling in a motor vehicle. In fact, research shows that when a driver is unbuckled, 70 percent of the time, children riding in that vehicle will be unbuckled too.

Even when parents use restraints, their child still may be at risk. Community child safety seat check-up events held throughout Florida indicate that over 96% of the child safety seats inspected were incorrectly installed in one or more ways.

Child safety seat and vehicle manufacturers’ instructions used together hold the key to a correct child safety seat installation. Yet instructions are often difficult to read. In addition, most children who have outgrown their forward-facing child safety seats, at about 40 pounds, are prematurely placed in adult safety belts.

“When your child outgrows his or her forward-facing child safety seat, they should use a booster seat until at least 8 years old or are 4 feet 9 inches tall. Safety belts are made for adults and don’t fit children correctly when used alone. A booster seat raises a child to allow the vehicle safety belt to be positioned correctly on the child’s body,” says Paula Ritchey, SAFE KIDS Coordinator

A new system called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) is available in newer vehicles and on all new child safety seats to make installations easier. LATCH works without using the vehicle safety belts. Contact us at 407-665-5150 or call 1-877-KIDSEAT or log on to www.kidseat.org to learn more about LATCH.

The loss of unbuckled drivers and passengers affects us all. The family deals with the difficult loss of a loved one. Society pays higher taxes, health care, and insurance costs. According to Paula Ritchey, “We can all be winners, if we make sure that everyone is always buckled up on every trip.”

For additional events in Seminole County, please visit www.seminolepublicsafety.org or contact Paula Ritchey 407-665-5150.
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