The alarming increase in the number of road crash fatalities in the first three months of 2021 confirms the continuation of a deadly trend that began last year. Increases in speeding and impaired driving, coupled with less seat belt use and reckless driving, place young children at “undue and unnecessary risk”.
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading killers of children in the United States In 2019, more than 1,000 people aged 14 and under were killed and an estimated 183,000 were injured, data shows federal.
These are the highlights of an advisory released Friday by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety to call attention to increasingly dangerous roads that put children at risk, and to demand action in state capitals and the Congress to meet the “urgent need” to protect. child passengers.
Advocates, an alliance of consumer, medical, public health, law enforcement and safety organizations as well as insurance companies and agents, issued the alert ahead of the annual Safety Week of child passengers, celebrated this year from September 19 to 25.
“Millions of school children are entering this perilous road environment with their return to in-person classes,” Cathy Chase, president of Advocates, said in a statement. “We urge all parents and guardians to ensure their children are properly secured in vehicles based on their age and size. We’re also calling on lawmakers across the country and in Congress to come up with proven safety solutions to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities. “
The safety group has issued a series of recommendations that include strengthening state laws on the use of child safety seats and seat belts; improving crash test standards; improve the safety of school buses; and promoting legislative measures to prevent hot-car-related deaths with requirements and performance standards for occupant detection and warning technology in new cars.
“Placing children in a rear-facing or forward-facing safety seat, booster seat or seat belt depending on their age and size significantly reduces the risk of serious injury or death.” , added Chase, referring to “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Child Restraint System,” a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that was released in late 2020.
(A recent TBEN article, Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for children, but most parents don’t check car seats, explains how only 1 in 5 parents or guardians checked that the car seat was in the car seat. car in which he had installed his child was correctly The National Automobile Group AAA as well as the National Safety Council, as well as the Auto Club Group, the second largest AAA club in North America, published research and recommendations on the occasion of Passenger Safety Week to address the issue.)
“Protecting children with proven safety solutions is an achievable goal,” said Chase. “In this Child Passenger Safety Week, we call on state and federal authorities to make it happen. “
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