Join safety advocates nationwide and inform your patients – order materials today!
Motor vehicle traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death nationwide for children ages three and older. Premature graduation of children to adult seatbelt systems is a major contributor to this problem. In Oregon, crash data for the 2010 calendar year indicated that 49 percent of booster-age children injured in crashes were using adult belts instead of boosters, and 50 percent of booster age children killed were totally unrestrained. Securing children properly in the back seat of the vehicle is the most effective action parents and caregivers can take to protect them in the event of a crash.
How can you help?
Encourage your patients with small children, or anyone else you know who transports children, to attend a car seat checkup event. It is FREE and worth the effort. For a complete calendar of Oregon checkup events, visit www.childsafetyseat.org/calendar.html.
Order FREE color posters and brochures, including the “Size Up Your Child’s Safety Needs,” which includes a growth chart and information on current Oregon laws. You can display these materials where your patients with children wills see them, and encourage them to distribute these educational materials at schools, day cares, churches, businesses, or wherever families go. Order forms are available at http://cms.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/docs/Seatbelts/EmpSafetyBeltOrder.pdf. Please order by Oct. 1, 2012.
Learn more about child passenger safety and access further materials and resources at http://cms.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/safetybelts.aspx#Child_Passenger_Safety_Week.