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Child Passenger Safety Week Emphasizes
Using Right Restraint to Save Kids' Lives

(Frankfort, KY) -  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages four to 14. Keeping children safe on the road means putting them in the right restraint at the right age.

As part of Child Passenger Safety Week 2003, the Kentucky Child Passenger Safety Team will hold a free Child Passenger Safety Check on Thursday, February 13, 2003 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Fire Department, 1100 Louisville Road.

This event, sponsored by the Kentucky State Police, Franklin County Fire Department, Drive Smart Kentucky, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, and Kentucky SAFE KIDS Coalition, is being held to make sure that parents and child care providers know and follow every one of the 4 Steps for Kids guidelines.

The 4 Steps for Kids are:

  • REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS in the back seat from birth to at least one year old and at least 20 pounds.
  • FORWARD-FACING TODDLER SEATS in the back seat from age one to about age four and 20 to 40 pounds.
  • BOOSTER SEATS in the back seat from about age four and 40 pounds to at least age eight, unless 4'9".
  • SAFETY BELTS at age eight or older, or taller than 4'9". All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat.

While most infants and toddlers ride in the correct child safety seat, less than 10 percent of the children who should be in booster seats use one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that children who have outgrown child safety seats be properly restrained in booster seats in the back seat until they are at least eight years old, unless they are 4'9" tall. A booster seat lifts a child up so that a safety belt can fit correctly. Without a booster seat, a small child can be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.

At the February 13th event in Frankfort, child safety advocates will provide handout materials and will be able to answer parents' questions about child safety seats and booster seats. Certified technicians will inspect car seats for proper installation and to identify recalled seats.

Child Passenger Safety Week is a national effort designed to draw attention to techniques for keeping young passengers safe in motor vehicles. During Child Passenger Safety Week 2003, February 9-15, State Troopers will complete a 32-hour class at the Kentucky State Police Academy that will train them to be certified child passenger safety technicians. Each Kentucky State Police Post currently offers child safety seat checks to the public by appointment.

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