The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about a new grant to help save lives and reduce injuries through increased awareness about child safety seats and seat belts. The CHP is teaming up with the California Office of Traffic Safety for their grant-funded safety campaign “California Restraint Safety Education and Training” (CARSEAT). This 12-month long campaign will focus on reducing injuries and deaths in traffic collisions were passenger occupants and children are not properly restrained. The CHP will be hosting educational training events, providing important life-saving information to the public and conducting child safety seat inspections.
California Child Seat Safety Laws
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 72 percent for infants and 63 percent for toddlers in passenger vehicles. In the State of California, all children under the age of two years old must ride in rear-facing child safety seats. Additionally, all children must be properly restrained in age and size-appropriate child safety seats in the back seat of a vehicle until they are at least eight years old. The CHP has great resources to help parents and caregivers ensure their children are in the correct car seats for their age and size, so if you’re not sure, make an appointment at your local CHP office to get your car seat inspected.
Click It or Ticket and Child Passenger Safety
The CHP will also continue their educational and enforcement efforts for the Click It or Ticket safety campaign, which is aimed at seat belt usage enforcement. Parents, caregivers, adults, children and passenger occupants of all ages should always be properly restrained. Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a car accident. You may not be able to help how other people are driving, but you can buckle up and make sure your children are properly restrained in an age and size-appropriate car seats.
California Car Accident Lawyer
After any type of car accident caused by the dangerous, distracted or negligent behavior of another driver, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one 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.