The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is gearing up for Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from September 17-23,2017. In addition to focusing on car seat safety, they’re also raising awareness about tween seat belt safety. Their safety campaign, “Don’t Wimp Out / Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” is about the persistence necessary to ensure tween passenger occupants buckle up for every trip. According to the NHTSA, children are less likely to want to buckle up as they get older, and over the past five years, of the 1,552 children between the ages of eight and 14 years old who died in traffic crashes, nearly half were unbuckled.
Regular and Salient Reminders to Buckle Up
The NHTSA is quick to point out that it’s not enough to remind a tween once or twice to buckle up. Children in this age group need regular and salient reminders to ensure they buckle up on a consistent basis. Where tween seat belt usage is concerned, it’s all about endurance and persistence for parents and caregivers. This is one issue that doesn’t have to be a negotiation. Seat belts are mandatory for every trip, no matter how far you’re going. Parents are caregivers are reminded that on the issue of buckling up, there can be no compromise.
Setting The Example
Parents and caregivers know that children in this age group are especially good at pointing out and finding hypocrisy in their day-to-day lives. If you’re constantly reminding them to buckle up, you should always be buckled up too. Set the example by wearing your seat belt for every single trip, whether you’re going across the neighborhood or across town. If you buckle up for every trip, there will be no question about whether or not your tween children have to.
Improving Child Passenger Safety in San Diego
If you and your tween child are already really good at buckling up for every trip, Child Passenger Safety Week is a great time to have a thoughtful conversation about the importance of buckling up and how encouraging friends and loved ones to buckle up could save their lives.
If you have been injured or if your child has been injured in a car accident in California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.