La. cities and parishes raise awareness of Child Passenger Safety Week

Staff reports

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for children ages 3 to 14 years old. National studies have shown that the proper use of child restraint systems reduces serious or fatal injuries by more than half.

Multiple jurisdictions around the state have issued proclamations to support the Child Passenger Safety Week campaign, Sept. 18-24. The proclamations raise awareness among community members of the importance of correctly using child safety seats.  The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission commends the proactive efforts of the following cities, towns, and parishes.

·        City of Gonzales

·        City of Lafayette

·        City of Mer Rouge

·        City of Morgan City

·        Town of Amite

·        Bossier Parish

·        Jefferson Parish

·        Plaquemines Parish

Child safety seats saved an estimated 8,959 lives from 1975 to 2008, but highway safety officials point out that seats should be properly installed to be fully effective in the event of a crash. Louisiana officials are urging parents, grandparents and guardians to take advantage of free child safety seat installation assistance that will be available in locations around the state during Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 18-24. To find a technician or an inspection station near you, visit www.lahighwaysafety.org/child.html.