Road Management & Engineering Journal
Road Management & Engineering Journal
July 1999
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Child Passenger Safety

(The following article is reproduced, with permission, from the web site of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety at http://www.saferoads.org/.)

Fact Sheet

In 1997, nearly 42,000 people were killed in traffic crashes and almost 3.4 million more were injured, at a cost of over $150 billion. Among those killed were 2,656 children age 0-14 years, 1,791 of whom were vehicle occupants. (The others who died were pedestrians or pedalcyclists.) According to the National Center for Health Statistics, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children of every age from 5 to 16 years.

When children are properly restrained in a child safety seat, booster seat or safety belt, as appropriate for their age, their chance of being killed or seriously injured when in a car crash is greatly reduced. Strong safety belt and child occupant restraint laws--with no "gaps" that leave some children uncovered--are the most effective way to increase child passenger restraint use and reduce traffic deaths and injuries to children. A number of states are moving to close the loopholes in their occupant restraint laws so that children of all ages are protected.

Child Passenger Safety Facts

Child Restraint Law Facts