The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about their continued efforts to improve child passenger safety across the state. They’re working with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to focus on child safety with the California Restraint Safety Education and Training (CARSEAT II) campaign. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of children killed in crashes in California because they were not properly restrained. The CARSEAT II campaign will include educational seminars, classes and child safety seat inspections throughout the state. There will also be enhanced enforcement operations to target seat belt violations with a special emphasis on child passengers.
Child Passenger Safety Facts
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one to 13.
- On average in 2016, two children under 13 were killed per day in traffic crashes.
- Child passenger safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
- In 2017, 17 unrestrained children ages seven and younger were killed in crashes in California.
Increased Enforcement of Seat Belt Violations
In addition to the various seminars, classes and car seat inspections that the CHP will be conducting during the CARSEAT II campaign, they will also be increasing enforcement for seat belt violations. Officers with the CHP will hold concentrated enforcement operations with a special emphasis on child passenger safety throughout the year. There will also be additional enforcement operations during the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign and during National Child Passenger Safety Week.
Car Accidents on California Roads
Parents and caregivers are urged to make sure their children are always buckled up and in age and size appropriate car seats. It’s also important to set a good example for children by always buckling up, whether you’re driving across the street or across town. Finally, new parents or anybody that wants to get their cat seats checked out should contact their local CHP office.
If your child has been injured in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.