CHP’s Seat Belt Safety Grant

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding their “Vehicle Occupant Restraint Education and Instruction III (VOREI III)” grant. This campaign is being funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA reports that one in five Americans fail to buckle up on a regular basis. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow wants every driver and passenger vehicle occupant to know that buckling up is the single most effective way a person can protect himself or herself during a crash.

Seat Belt Safety Facts

• According to CHP’s data from 2011, 27 percent of vehicle occupants killed in collisions were not properly restrained.
• In 2011, more than 8,000 injured victims weren’t properly restrained in California traffic crashes.
• According to the NHTSA, nationwide seatbelt use was 84 percent in 2011.

Education and Enforcement

Officials with the CHP hope to address the seatbelt usage issues with a two-pronged approach. First, education campaigns are aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of not buckling up. Second, they’re going to step up efforts to enforce seat belt safety laws.

Child Safety Seats and The CHP

Included in their seat belt campaign will be a variety of services to increase child safety. Listed below are just a few of the grant activities planned.

• 12,250 child safety seat inspections
• 50 child passenger safety educational classes
• Purchase and distribute 2,500 grant-funded child safety seats to people in need

Campaign Goals

The ultimate campaign goal is to get every person travelling on California roadways safely and properly restrained. Adults need to buckle up for every trip, no matter how short. Babies, toddlers and small children need to be safely restrained in age and size appropriate seats. Through increased awareness and enforcement, officials with the CHP hope to increase seat belt usage and decrease the number of people killed and injured in crashes.
After an Accident

Although buckling up is the best way to protect yourself during a crash, it can’t prevent all injuries or deaths. Victims of car crashes may be facing expensive medical bills, lost wages, property damage and lengthy recoveries. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation today.

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