Car Seat Mini-Grant Program is Protecting Children in North Georgia
GEORGIA- The North Georgia Health District received a grant for 2020 that will be used to provide car seats to children in the region’s six counties. The program is funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health.*
Health departments in Pickens, Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Cherokee, and Fannin will work with eligible families to provide car seats to those in need. The program has shown success since it began in 2007. According to estimates, more than 300 children were saved from severe injuries or death because of car seats that were provided by the program. The county health departments will be working with Emergency Medical Services, fire departments, and law enforcement to educate families on the need for, and the correct way to use car seats. Additional counties throughout the state offer similar services to those in need.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that car seats are capable of lowering the risk of infant death in a car crash by 71 percent in infant and 54 percent in children between one and four. In children between the ages of one and four, proper child restraints lower fatality rates by more than half. Sadly, about 75 percent of people fail to use car seats properly. The result of not using child restraints as intended is a reduction in their effectiveness. Parents and caregivers can look to education campaigns, law enforcement officers, and fire departments to locate information and resources that can teach how to properly install and use child safety seats.
In 2017, 675 children were tragically killed in motor vehicle accidents and 35 percent of those children were not buckled up. Child restraints and following the rules of the road are the best way to protect these young passengers.
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Source:https://gilmer.fetchyournews.com/2020/01/29/health-departments-in-north-georgia-awarded-car-seat-mini-grant/ and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/cps-factsheet.html