CHP on Child Passenger Safety
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding their enhanced efforts to ensure child passengers are safely secured on California roadways. In combination with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the CHP is implementing the Children Held in Proper Place Every Ride (CHIPPER) safety campaign. This yearlong campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of proper restraint of child passengers and will hopefully help to reduce the number of children killed in crashes across the state.
The CHIPPER Campaign
The CHIPPER campaign will include a wide variety of resources and educational opportunities for parents and caregivers in California. The CHP will hold seminars, classes and child safety seat inspections throughout the state. In addition to raising awareness and educating parents and caregivers on proper child passenger restraint, the CHP will also be stepping up enforcement efforts. There will be operations focused on occupant restraint violations, with a special emphasis on the “Click It or Ticket” campaign and enhanced efforts during National Child Passenger Safety Week.
Child Passenger Crash Statistics
- In 2014, 198 unrestrained children (ages seven years and younger) were killed in crashes in California.
- Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants.
- Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 54 percent for toddlers.
Keeping Kids in California Safe
Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your children in the event of a car crash. All child passengers should be properly restrained for every trip, no matter how short. Parents and caregivers need to ensure their car seats and booster seats are size and age appropriate for children. If you’re not sure if your child has grown out of his or her car seat, check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guide to car seats. If you’re still not sure, contact the CHP about a child safety seat inspection.