Thanks to Santa Clara County Public Health we are recognizing Child Passenger Safety Week 2013, which starts today! Why is this so important? We’ll let the facts speak for themselves.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one to 13 in the United States… –National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Serious injuries and deaths can be reduced by more than half when children are placed in both age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats.
- IT IS CRITICAL to make sure your seats are installed correctly. Find a certified child passenger safety technician in the Mountain View area here.
Our friends over at Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety have teamed up with Senator Jerry Hill, the California Highway Patrol and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to bring you a free car seat safety check this Saturday, September 21st. The event will take place at the Sunnyvale Public Library. More information, go here.
It’s the law:
- Children under age 8 MUST be properly buckled in a car seat or booster in the back seat.
- Children age 8 or older, or who are 4’9” or taller, may use the vehicle seat belt if it fits properly. This means the lap belt should be low on the hips, touching the upper thighs, and the shoulder belt should cross the center of the chest.
- If children are not tall enough for proper belt fit, they MUST ride in a booster or car seat.
- For each child under 16 who is not properly secured, parents (if in the car) or drivers can be fined more than $475 and have a point appear on their driving records.