National Child Passenger Safety Week
SAFE KIDS Bladen URGES PARENTS TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE WHEN DRIVING
Buckle Up – Every Person, Every Ride, Every Time
Elizabethtown, NC – With nearly 200 million drivers on U.S. roadways, chances are high that most American drivers will experience car crashes during their lifetimes. While the majority of the nearly 6.5 million car crashes a year are non-fatal, even minor fender benders can have a significant impact on children, particularly those who are unrestrained. In a push to increase car seat and seat belt use, and in recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Bladen urges parents and caregivers to model safe driving habits, including buckling up – every person, every ride, every time.
“Parents are role models for their kids in multiple ways, but especially in the car,” said Travis Greer, Coalition Coordinator “Using a seat belt every time you are in the car will help children learn a life-saving habit that will impact their lives for years to come.”
Children learn by example: they see whether parents and caregivers are buckling up, texting while driving or speeding. By about two years of age, as children move from rear-facing to forward-facing car seats, they begin observing and learning how to behave in and around cars. If using a seat belt is not a priority for the parent, it’s likely not going to be priority for the child.
To the point, in 2017, when drivers involved in fatal crashes were unrestrained, 7 of 10 children in those crashes were also unrestrained
(NHTSA). Thirty-seven percent (37%) of children who died in crashes were not using any restraint, not even the car’s free seat belt.
In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Bladen would like to share that we have two Permanent Checking Stations (PCS) in the county where parents/caregivers can stop by or call to receive information about child passenger safety from nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and have their car seats and seat belts checked to be sure they are installed and used correctly.
The two Permanent Checking Station locations are:
Bladen County EMS, 292 Ben Greene Industrial Dr. Elizabethtown, NC Phone: 910-549-7645
Elizabethtown Fire Department, 401 W Swanzy St. Elizabethtown, NC Phone: 910-862-4586
Safe Kids Bladen also recommends the Ultimate Car Seat Guide to help families learn about properly using a car seat. The Ultimate Car Seat Guide, a website available in English and Spanish that makes car seat buying, installing, fitting and changing from one seat to another easier for parents and caregivers to understand. The Guide, developed with support from Chevrolet, also offers best practices and expert advice covering all stages of a child’s development, from the first car seat until the child is ready for the
seat belt alone.
About Child Passenger Safety Week - September 15-21, 2019
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 15-21 and culminates with National Seat Check Saturday on September 21. In September, Safe Kids will host more than 450 car seat events and inspection stations across the
country, offering guidance from certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on proper car seat and booster seat installation and usage, with a focus on the use of tethers. Parents and caregivers can visit SafeKids.org to locate
an event in their community.
About Safe Kids Bladen
Safe Kids Bladen works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include Bladen County EMS, Bladen County Schools, Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, Bladen County Social Services, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Bladen County Cooperative Extension and many more. Safe Kids Bladen is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries. Safe Kids Bladen was
founded in 2011 and is led by Bladen County Health Department. For more information, visit safekids.org or https://www.facebook.com/safekidsbladen/