Traffic Accident With Serious Injuries on GA-151 in Catoosa County, Georgia
CATOOSA COUNTY, GA- Cbs46.com reports that eight people sustained injuries in a car crash in Catoosa County on Tuesday night. Five of the individuals were children, including one who was thrown from a vehicle.*
A 29-year-old woman was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe in the northbound lanes of GA-151 when she swerved the vehicle into the southbound lanes. When the driver attempted to correct, she collided with a 200 Ford F150 heading in the opposite direction.
The Tahoe then spun, causing a three-year-old occupant to be thrown out of the vehicle. Five children and on adult had been traveling in the Tahoe.
Police reported that the woman driving the Tahoe would be issued a ticket for failing to use proper child restraints, for driving on the wrong side of the road, for driving on a suspended license, and for following too closely.
The statistics regarding children and car accidents are grim. Vehicle collisions are the number one leading cause of death for children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2017, 675 children ages 12 and under, died in vehicle collisions while another 116.000 sustained injuries.
Out of those children, 35 percent were not properly restrained. Proper restraints can reduce the risk of injury or death in children by more than 50 percent. Unfortunately, even many well-meaning parents and caregivers believe that they are correctly restraining their children when they are, in fact, not. Statistically, somewhere between 72 percent and 84 percent of people fail to use or install their child restraint systems properly.
Installing and using a child restraint system is vital for the safety of child occupants, and it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that children are correctly restrained.
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