Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “IDOT and Transportation Partners Launch National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois.” This press release discusses child passenger safety issues and cites various statistics.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children through age 13. Based on national crash data averages, nearly two children under 13 were killed and 338 were injured across the nation every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans in 2011. In Illinois, an all-time high of 93.7 percent of citizens wear seat belts and 90.5 percent of children are traveling in car seats. However, IDOT data shows that only three of every five of those car seats are being used correctly.
“Since one of the leading causes of death and injury for children is automobile crashes, parents should make sure that their children are being transported safely and properly,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “Too many child safety seats are improperly installed. This year’s National Child Passenger Safety Week is a good time to encourage parents and caregivers to set up a child safety seat fitting to give parents the peace of mind that their children are properly secured.”
The press release also provides a recommendation and guidelines with regard to car seat installation.
The press release also highlights a site, www.buckleupillinois.org for child passenger safety information, and for information concerning statewide seat checks taking place on September 21.
Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”
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