February 7, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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National Child Passenger Safety Week February 9-16
Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit Deputies will join a statewide initiative to
increase safety belt use and prevent deaths during National Child
Passenger Safety Week Feb. 9-16.
During this period, law enforcement agencies statewide will be on the
lookout for motorists who are not buckled up or do not have their children
buckled. Deputies will be issuing tickets to those who fail to
Nearly 60% of those who die in motor vehicle crashes are unrestrained.
Research shows that if an adult driver is not buckled up, over 70% of the
time the minor occupants in the vehicle are not restrained either.
Community child safety seat check-up events held throughout Florida
indicate that 96% of the child safety seats inspected were installed
incorrectly. Many parents are unaware that they should refer to the child
safety seat and vehicle manufacturers instructions for guidance on the
proper installation. Proper installation takes a combination of selecting
the correct child safety seat for the child and securing the seat to the
The use of seat belts is still the single most effective action by which
drivers and passengers can protect themselves in motor vehicle crashes.
With the simple click of a safety belt, the chances of survival in a motor
vehicle crash are doubled.
Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media
A text only version of this release is also available.