Georgia Reminds Drivers to Ensure Child Passenger Safety
COLUMBUS, GA- Wrbl.com writes that drivers should always protect their children when riding in a car. The most important step is to ensure that children are using age-appropriate car seats or boosters.*
The state reminder comes during National Child Passenger Safety Week. The state is holding a virtual car seat check, in which parents and caregivers can book appointments to have experts look at whether their seats are properly installed.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is recommending that everyone with kids, or who transports children, such as nannies and grandparents, take advantage of the safety checks being offered. A few moments to ensure that the seat is correctly installed could save a child's life in the event of a collision. Pursuant to Georgia law, children must use car seats until they are eight years old. Children aged thirteen or under are required to stay in the back seat until they are thirteen. Putting children, even older children, in the front seat, can put them at a higher risk of being injured.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that about half of all car seats used in the United States are not properly installed. When such seats are not installed as intended, they are less effective at protecting their occupants. Sadly, thousands of children are killed in car crashes every year. More than one out of three of those young victims were not using proper restraints. Using a car seat is one of the simplest ways to increase safety for your child.
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