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Tennessee Highway Safety Office Promotes Child Passenger Safety Week September 18 to 24

Tennessee Highway Safety Office Promotes Child Passenger Safety Week September 18 to 24

 

National Seat Check Saturday Kicks Off September 24

 

TENNESSEE - Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is partnering with law enforcement across the state to promote Child Passenger Safety Week beginning September 18 and ending on National Seat Check Saturday, September 24. The week is dedicated to teaching parents and caregivers the importance of correct installation and proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Parents will also be reminded the importance of registering car seats with the manufacturer, so they can receive notification in the event of a recall.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he/she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat, a child should be placed in a booster seat until big enough to fit seat belts properly without help from a booster seat. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seats of cars.

 

According to NHTSA, in 2014, approximately 24 percent of children four to seven-years-old were prematurely moved to seat belts, and nine percent were unbuckled. Every 33 seconds, a child under age 13 was involved in a car crash in the United States, NHTSA reported.

 

You can help THSO spread awareness for child passenger safety through social media. Record a video selfie saying why you salute child passenger safety, and post it online with the hashtags #isaluteCPS and #TNHSO. Or, email your video selfie to Arriale Tabson at arriale.tabson@tn.gov. Check out THSO’s social media here: facebook.com/tnhso | twitter.com/tnhso | instagram.com/tnhso.

 

To access educational resources, check out the Tennessee Child Passenger Safety mobile app. Or, you can visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/cps to view THSO’s event calendar, locate a fitting station near you, read Tennessee’s Child Passenger Restrain Law (T.C.A. 55-9-602), and more. For more information, contact Program Manager Angela Brown at abrown@mmc.edu or 855-425-1137.

 

About the Tennessee Highway Safety Office:

 

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is Tennessee's advocate for traffic safety. THSO works in tandem with the National Highway Safety Administration to implement statewide programs addressing occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by THSO are 100 percent federally funded. THSO’s mission is to effectively develop, implement and evaluate these programs. To learn more about the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

 

For more information, contact Arriale Tabson at 615-253-5152 or arriale.tabson@tn.gov.