Date: February 7, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

National Child Passenger Safety Week February 9-16

Polk County 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 buckle up. 

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 vehicle.

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.

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