Children
Every nine days, a parent loses a child to a preventable death. Since 1998, there have been 725 deaths, 25 already this year! It's time to stop vehicular heatstroke from killing our children. The time to take action is now! 
Protecting Our Future Starts With Protecting Our Children
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Keep your littlest passengers safe while in the car... 

Make Sure They Are in #TheRightSeat 

For children ages 1 to 13, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death. In 2015, an average of 2 children were killed and 319 injured every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans. Let's work together to help spread the word about child passenger safety, and help parents and caregivers choose and use #TheRightSeat. 

During Child Passenger Safety Week, NHTSA will host a Twitter Chat where experts will be available to answer your questions.Please help us spread the word and encourage parents and caregivers learn all they can about child passenger safety. We've got plenty of resources available to you to help you spread this message to your friends, family, and followers.  

Who: NHTSA and our team of experts 

What: Child Passenger Safety Week Twitter Chat

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2016, 3 - 4 p.m. ET

Wherewww.twitter.com/NHTSAgov 

How: Follow the conversation using the hashtag #TheRightSeat. Feel free to mention @NHTSAgov in any of your tweets and we will get back to as many questions and comments as we can! Remember to include #TheRightSeat in your comments so others can follow along with the conversation, too. 

Invite your friends and followers to join us and spread this important message.  


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Use these resources provided by NHTSA to promote child passenger safety to your friends and followers. 


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Additional Resources

>> Child Passenger Safety Laws by State 

>> Visit NHTSA.gov for more information on Child Passenger Safety

>> Ad Council's Campaign for Child Passenger Safety

Keep Children Safe on the Way Back to School
Transportation.gov: Now is a great time to review back-to-school safety tips. However they travel to school—by bus, family car, carpool, on bike, or by foot—we need to talk to our kids about safety. From 2006 to 2015, there were 301 school-age children (18 and younger) killed in school transportation-related crashes. Make sure you discuss the tips below with your child to keep them safe on the road to and from school.

By any measure, school buses are the safest way for children to travel to and from school. But it’s critical that children are taught how to stay safe when they’re around school buses. Over the last decade, nearly two-thirds of the school-age pedestrians fatally injured in school transportation-related crashes were struck by school buses or vehicles functioning as school buses. Teach your child to always wait five giant steps from the road, look left-right-left to make sure no cars are coming, and wait until the driver signals it’s safe to board.

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Hot Cars Kill Kids
Every nine days, vehicular heatstroke kills a child in the United States. Every nine days, a parent loses a child to a preventable death. Since 1998, there have been 725 deaths, 25 already this year! It's time to stop vehicular heatstroke from killing our children. The time to take action is now!

Problem: A child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being unattended in a hot vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14 and younger. In more than half of these deaths, the caregiver forgot the child was in the car or the child climbed into an unlocked car to play and couldn’t get themselves out.

No one is immune. Yet, this tragedy is 100% preventable.

Action: NHTSA and Safe Kids Worldwide are asking you to help us raise awareness about the danger of heatstroke to kids in cars through social media conversation this summer.

            

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Help us Raise Awareness about Vehicular Heatstroke
USDOT Connections: Vehicular heatstroke kills a child in the United States every nine days. Since 1998, there have been 726 deaths, 26 already this year. Each loss is 100-percent preventable.

Here are some important things to know about heatstroke:
  • Children overheat up to five times faster than adults, and babies and toddlers are at highest risk.
  • Even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees.
  • In 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees.
  • Opening windows will not prevent heatstroke.
  • A child dies when his/her body temperature reaches 107 degrees.

As temperatures continue to rise this summer, stay on the lookout for signs of heatstroke:

  • Red, hot, moist, or dry skin
  • No sweating
  • Strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse
  • Nausea
  • Confusion or strange behavior
If you see a child alone in a car, do not wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return-- call 911 immediately. Doing so could save a child’s life, and there are “Good Samaritan” laws in place to protect you. Once you’ve called 911, remove the child from the car and spray the child with cool water (not an ice bath). If the child is responsive, stay with the child until help arrives, and have someone else search for the driver.

           

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Keeping Kids Safe on Wheels
Safe Kids Worldwide: Children 14 years and under, and particularly those under age 10, are at greater risk for a fall when on wheels because they have a higher center of gravity, are less developed physically and have poor balance compared to adults. They also have slower reactions and are less coordinated than adults, leading to being less able to break their falls. Finally, children typically overestimate their skills and abilities and are less experienced in judging speed, traffic and other risks.

Nearly 50 children an hour are taken to an emergency department with an injury related to the four wheeled sports we studied. And while bicycling injuries have been declining, other wheeled sports, such as scootering, have seen an increase in injuries. As a result, it is not a matter of “if” children will fall, but rather how to protect them from serious injury when they do. Helmets and other protective gear are proven ways to decrease both the likelihood and severity of an injury.

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Child Restraint Laws:
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Study: More Kids Left Unrestrained in Cars

A disturbing downward trend in appropriate child-restraint use by U.S. motorists could threaten to undermine major progress since 2000 in preventing deaths of young children.

Proper use of child restraints in vehicles declined in several categories from 2013 to 2015, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Risking the safety of future generations by letting children ride unrestrained is not acceptable," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. "Seat belts and car seats save lives, and need to be used on every trip."

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Traffic Safety Facts on Children
NHTSA: Of the 32,675 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2014 in the United States, 1,070 (3%) were children 14 and younger.



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Take Proactive Steps in Preventing Child Heatstroke in Hot Vehicles
NBC News: So far this year, at least 16 children have reportedly died from heatstroke after being left in hot cars by their caregivers — more than double the number who perished by this time last year. Could New Technology Help Prevent Hot Car Deaths?

infographic showing that temperature inside a vehicle rises 20 degrees in 10 minutes

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Child Restraint Regulations

Child Restraint Regulations

Set Forth Guidelines for Infant-only, Forward-facing, and Booster Seats

Act 2006-623

Effective July 1, 2006

ENROLLED, An Act,

To amend Section 32-5-222 of the Code of Alabama 1975, relating to child passenger restraints, to further provide for the use of child passenger restraints; to increase the fine; to provide for a point system; to provide for dismissal of charges upon proof of acquisition of an appropriate child passenger restraint; to provide for $15 to be deposited in the State Treasury to be disbursed by the State Comptroller to the Alabama Head Injury Foundation to administer; to subject the foundation to examination by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:

Section 1. Section 32-5-222 of the Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:

§32-5-222.

(a) Every person transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall provide for the protection of the child by properly using an aftermarket or integrated child passenger restraint system meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards and the requirements of subsection (b). This section shall not be interpreted to release in part or in whole the responsibility of an automobile manufacturer to insure the safety of children to a level at least equivalent to existing federal safety standards for adults. In no event shall failure to wear a child passenger restraint system be considered as contributory negligence. The term "motor vehicle" as used in this section shall include a passenger car, pickup truck, van (seating capacity of 10 or less), minivan, or sports utility vehicle.

(b) The size appropriate restraint system required for a child in subsection (a) shall include all of the following:

(1) Infant only seats and convertible seats used in the rear facing position for infants until at least one year of age or 20 pounds.

(2) Convertible seats in the forward position or forward facing seats until the child is at least five years of age or 40 pounds.

(3) Booster seats until the child is six years of age.

(4) Seat belts until 15 years of age.

However this bill must meet the requirements of Code Section 32-5b-4.