In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, Polk County Toward Zero Deaths Coalition and Public Health along with Safe Kids Grand Forks are sponsoring a free Car Seat Event on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Brost Chevrolet.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety emphasizes the importance of correct child safety restraint and booster seat use to keep children safe while riding in a vehicle.
In Minnesota, three out of four child restraints are used incorrectly — meaning children are riding in the wrong restraint or it is not properly secured. When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. The best way to protect your children in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, collisions are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 12 years old in the United States. Across the nation, 73 percent of child restraints are misused in a manner that can cause serious - if not fatal - injuries to a child. Infant seats have the highest percentage of misuse followed by rear-facing convertible seats.
Safe Kids Grand Forks is a community-wide coalition that exists to educate the community and to prevent unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death and injury among children 14 years of age and under.
Polk County Toward Zero Deaths Coalition is part of a statewide effort working to create a culture for which traffic fatalities and serious injuries are no longer acceptable through the integrated application of education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical and trauma services.
Questions can be directed to Sarah Reese at Polk County Public Health at 281-3385.