The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now has seat belt safety campaigns geared at a younger demographic and their caregivers. Tweens, children between the ages of eight and 14, are at a surprisingly high risk for not being properly buckled up in the event of a car accident. According to the NHTSA, over the past five years, 1,552 children between the ages of eight and 14 years old died in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roadways. Of those fatalities, nearly half were unbuckled at the time of the crash. In response to preventable injury causing and fatal crashes associated with tweens not being buckled up, the NHTSA is trying to get the word out about seat belt safety for these kids. The public safety campaign is primarily geared to parents and caregivers of tween passengers.
Protecting Tween Passengers
Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a crash. The NHTSA is hoping to motivate parents to make sure their kids and tween passengers are consistently and properly wearing seat belts for every trip, every time. They’re reminding parents that seat belt usage is never up for negotiation or compromise. The slogan “Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” acknowledges the struggle that can sometimes ensue with tween children over buckling up or many other ordinary day-to-day necessities.
U.S. Child Passenger Safety Facts
- In 2014, 1,070 children were killed in motor vehicle crashes across the nation.
- An estimated 167,000 children were injured in crashes in 2014.
- On average, three children were killed in crashes across the U.S. each day in 2014.
- In 2014, an estimated 458 children were injured in crashes every day.
Parents Should Buckle Up Too
Parents and caregivers are also reminded to buckle up. Not only does it set an important example for the child passengers in your car, it may also save your life. We know that restraint use of adult drivers is related to restraint use in child passengers. In 2014, when drivers were unrestrained, about 70 percent of children were also unrestrained.
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