From the desk of Sheriff Prummell-
The safety of your child while riding in the car is non-negotiable. However, making sure your child is utilizing the appropriate seat, and that the seat is installed correctly can be extremely difficult. This month is dedicated to acknowledging that taking the time to properly install (or have installed) your child’s car seat is worth the frustration, and ensuring all passengers are secured with seat belts is imperative.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, car crashes are a leading cause of death among children. On average, two children under 13 were killed and an estimated 374 were injured every day in 2019 while riding in automobiles in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 46% – nearly half – of car seats and booster seats are not used properly.
Passenger safety, especially that of children, is of extreme importance.
Make every ride a safe ride by following the guidelines put forth for the specific age, height, and weight of your child. If you aren’t sure, I have provided some links to help you. Please take the time to verify your children are secured properly in your vehicle… it could be their life on the line.
Stay strong, stay safe.
Child Passenger Safety Laws, Child Safety Seat Distribution Programs, Education and Enhanced Enforcement | US Department of Transportation
Car Seats and Booster Seats | NHTSA
Florida Department of Health in Charlotte (floridahealth.gov)
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