The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about their new grant to Secure Seat Belt Safety. Together with the California Office of Traffic Safety, the CHP hopes to raise awareness about the importance of buckling up for drivers, passengers and children. Their new safety campaign, known as the “California Occupant Restraint Education” (CORE) program, is all about reducing the number of unrestrained drivers and passengers across the state through education. This yearlong program will focus on the importance of seat belt and child passenger restraint use. The CHP will provide educational and information material for drivers, passengers and the parents and caregivers of small children.
New CA Child Restraint Law
As of January 1, 2017, under California law, all children under the age of two will have to ride in a rear-facing child safety seat. Children will also be required to be properly restrained in both age and size appropriate child safety seats in the rear seats of vehicles until they are at least eight years old. Additionally, children who have reached the age of eight, and who are at least four feet nine inches tall, should continue to ride in the rear seat of a vehicle in a properly fitted seat belt.
Seat Belts and Car Seats Save Lives
Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that child passenger safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 72 percent for infants and 63 percent for toddlers. You may not be able to do anything about what other drivers are doing, but you can protect yourself, your passengers and your children by ensuring everybody, including yourself, is buckled up for every trip, every time.
Increased Seat Belt Enforcement
In addition to public safety campaigns and educational awareness programs, the CHP will be stepping up enforcement efforts focused on seat belt and car seat use and compliance. If you have been injured of if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a distracted, dangerous or negligent driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.
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