Are you and your child passengers properly restrained while driving?
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14 in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An average of 5 children age 14 and younger were killed and 640 injured in motor vehicle crashes each day across the United States in 2005. Even a sudden stop can seriously injure a child who is not riding securely in the right type of child safety seat.
State and local police and others involved in child passenger safety (CPS) work continuously to educate parents and caregivers on how to safely transport children in motor vehicles. But state and local police are ready to enforce the Massachusetts CPS Law if necessary to protect children. In 2006 Massachusetts drivers were issued 1,060 CPS Law violations for unrestrained children.
Tips for "best practices" when driving with children as passengers:
Please be aware that the Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law was strengthened with new booster seat requirements on July 10, 2008.
The South Hadley Police Department is committed to keeping our children safe. The South Hadley Police Department will offer Child Passenger Car Seat inspections to any South Hadley resident by appointment only. For South Hadley residents only, certified technicians will thoroughly inspect child passenger car seats for wear and effectiveness and assist owners with installation. To schedule an appointment contact Officer Steven Fleming days (538-8231 x413) or Officer Douglas Percy (538-8231 x427).
This program is offered to South Hadley residents only. Out of town residents may contact the Western MA SAFE KIDS Coalition, which conducts weekly checkpoints on Thursdays, 10 am to 5 pm by appointment only at (413) 794-2255.
For more information on Child Passenger Safety visit www.mass.gov/childsafetyseats.