It’s been said by many that children are our country’s most precious resource and I totally agree with that statement. We all – parents and caregivers – have a responsibility to keep America’s children safe. Each year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in automobile crashes. For children ages three-six, and eight-14, this is the leading cause of death. It’s very hard to overstate the toll this takes on families. Together, we can put an end to this suffering.
September 12th – 18th is National Child Passenger Safety Week, beginning with National Seat Check Saturday on September 12th. There will be hundreds of free child seat inspection stations set up across the country. Our firm is encouraging all parents and caregivers to take advantage of this service and ensure that their children are getting the very best protection.
We at Beasley Allen are committed to working closely with our partners and safety advocates to help reduce the number of young lives lost on our roadways. Our goal is to educate parents and caregivers about how to properly install and use safety restraints. In recognition of these efforts, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange will present a proclamation declaring Child Passenger Safety Week in Montgomery September 12th – 18th, and Seat Check Saturday in Montgomery, on September 12th.
Today, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and our territories have laws requiring the use of child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children traveling in motor vehicles. These laws were enacted because of the tremendous safety benefits they provide. We know that child restraints help save lives and reduce injuries. We also know that they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Sadly, three out of every four child restraints are not properly used. We must join forces with others to prevent injuries and deaths on our highways. Using seat belts and doing so properly is a step in the right direction.
August 19, 2009
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