Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange proclaimed September 12th – 18th as Child Passenger Safety Week. This was in conjunction with a national campaign. In his work as a product liability lawyer for our firm, JP Sawyer has seen far too many instances of children injured or killed in vehicle accidents because they were not properly secured. Even if child safety seats were present, many times even the best-intentioned parents do not properly install them, rendering them ineffective, with tragic results. JP’s goal was to raise awareness of this important issue by partnering with the City of Montgomery to recognize Child Passenger Safety Week. Mayor Strange presented JP with a proclamation to this effect. JP had this to say:
It is tragic to talk to people who thought they were doing a good thing, that they were doing the right thing, by buckling up their children in safety seats. Then they find out that the seats weren’t installed properly, and they blame themselves if their child is injured.
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, helping to save lives and prevent serious injuries in the event of a crash. However, three out of every four child restraints are not properly used.
During National Child Passenger Safety Week, there were hundreds of free child seat inspection stations set up throughout the country. Hopefully, parents and caregivers took advantage of this service so their children can get the very best protection. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/childseat-spot.html.
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