Child Passenger Safety

Purpose

The Coalition conducts car safety seat checks and other occupant protection programming. Coalition member agencies staff permanent fitting stations so families can schedule an appointment for a car safety seat consultation. This service allows parents and caregivers to learn how to properly install a child restraint and to correctly restrain the child in the car seat.

The Coalition conducts car safety seat checks and other occupant protection programming. Coalition member agencies staff permanent fitting stations so families can schedule an appointment for a car safety seat consultation. This service allows parents and caregivers to learn how to properly install a child restraint and to correctly restrain the child in the car seat.

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Goals and Objectives

  • Since Florida is one of two states without a booster seat law, the Coalition brings awareness to the need for booster seat usage, by conducting annual Booster Seat Campaigns. Donors, including the Allstate Foundation, provide funding for booster seats for children whose families cannot afford them.
  • Car-seat check events are scheduled during National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Awareness Week in September. Since the General Motors Foundation is a Safe Kids Worldwide sponsor, many events are hosted by GM dealerships. Other dealerships and businesses (i.e. Babies R Us, the Burlington Coat Factory, and other retailers) host CPS events throughout the year.
  • To maintain and sustain quality child passenger safety technicians and technician instructors, the Coalition and the Occupant Protection Program-funded by the FDOT at All Children's Hospital-conduct NHTSA certification CPS courses and technical updates.
  • Many children are seen in emergency rooms annually, resulting from injuries defined as "front-overs and back-overs." The Coalition distributes printed materials about this topic at events, pediatric health care providers and through press releases, TV/radio interviews, and other media outlets.
  • Heatstroke is the No. 1 cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death in young children. The coalition distributes printed materials at community venues, pediatric health care providers, TV/radio interviews and other social media outlets. Trained speakers are available for public events, workshops and in-services on the topic.
  • Compared with other age groups, motor vehicle crashes are higher for teen drivers and teens driving with other teens. Furthermore, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. Only 54% of high school students reported always wearing a seat belt when riding with someone else. For these reasons, Coalition members join the All Children's Hospital Occupant Protection Program and trauma program in holding Battle of the Belts competitions between high schools.
  • The biggest risk for kids is riding or driving in vehicles-nothing kills more teens than motor vehicle crashes. That's why the Coalition conducts Countdown2Drive, an innovative new traffic safety program for 13 and 14 year-olds and their parents. This program helps families negotiate a custo mized Passenger Agreement that sets clear expectations for how teens should behave when riding in a vehicle.