Showing posts with label Child Passenger Safety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Child Passenger Safety. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Child Death Rates from Motor Vehicle Crashes Vary Widely Between States

Study shows crash deaths are 12 times more common in some states; child-restraint use and traffic safety regulations play a role in regional differences

From: AAP

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. New research highlights how widely pediatric crash-related death rates vary from state to state, with child seat-restraint use and red-light camera policies appearing to play a role.

The abstract, “Pediatric Deaths from Motor Vehicle Crashes: State‐Level Variation and Predictors of Mortality,” will be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco on Oct. 23. Researchers examining 2010-2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data discovered substantial differences among states, with annual mortality rates ranging from 0.25 deaths per 100,000 children in Massachusetts to 3.20 deaths per 100,000 children in Mississippi.

The study identified several factors linked to children’s death rates from crashes. States with a greater percentage of children who ride unrestrained or inappropriately restrained, and states where a larger proportion of crashes occur on rural roads or during the daytime, had higher motor vehicle crash death rates. States without a red light camera policy also had a greater percentage of children dying from crashes.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

1,144 Cited in Rural Seat Belt Enforcement

45 children improperly restrained

With the ongoing goal of improving seat belt use in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently turned its focus to rural counties across the state. Along with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement, CDOT led a rural Click It or Ticket enforcement period, from July 18 to 24, to remind rural communities that buckling up is crucial to the safety of all drivers and passengers. CDOT data shows that many rural areas consistently rank below state seat belt use averages.

Law enforcement cited 1,144 unbelted drivers and passengers, and 45 parents or caregivers for improper child restraint. CDOT is focusing this year on the message that unbuckled passengers are at risk of being ejected or of colliding with other passengers in the vehicle. Unbelted passengers increase the risk of serious injury or death to other occupants by 40 percent.

“Riding unbelted is extremely dangerous to everyone in a vehicle,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “The benefits of seat belts are proven. CDOT’s goal for the enforcement periods is to remind people to buckle up — before they are injured, or even worse, killed.”

Fifty-eight agencies participated in the increased enforcement effort. The Colorado State Patrol (604), Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office (39), Montrose Police Department (37) and the Montrose County Sheriff's Office (32) issued the most citations.

“With something as simple and effective as clicking a seat belt, there is no excuse to risk your life and endanger others,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of CSP. “We will continue to push seat belt use to help people avoid the consequences of not buckling up.”

Colorado’s Seat Belt Laws
  • Adults — Colorado has a secondary enforcement law for adult drivers and front-seat passengers. Drivers can be ticketed for violating the seat belt law if they are stopped for another traffic violation.
  • Teens — Colorado’s Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law requires all drivers under 18 and their passengers, no matter what their age, to wear seat belts. This is a primary enforcement, meaning teens can be pulled over simply for not wearing a seat belt or having passengers without seat belts.
  • Children — Colorado's child passenger safety law is primary enforcement, meaning the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child under age 16 in the vehicle.
In 2014, seat belts saved an estimated 12,802 lives nationwide, including 169 in Colorado. An additional 63 lives could have been saved in Colorado if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants five and older involved in fatal crashes had been properly restrained. For more information about seat belt safety and enforcement citation numbers, visit

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Disparities in child passenger deaths

The Children's Safety Network has released a new infographic focusing on the disparities in child passenger deaths. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children, and from 2010 through 2014, an average of 343 child passengers died per year. American Indian/Alaska Native child passengers die at a higher rate than any other racial/ethnic group. The good news is that these deaths are preventable. The CSN infographic also goes into prevention strategies.

View the infographic

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2nd Annual Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit - “Moving Towards Zero Deaths”.

June 8-10, 2016 - Keystone, CO

This year the Summit theme will transition to “Moving Towards Zero Deaths” and will
reconvene the Emphasis Area Teams created through Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

The conference will be capped at 250 attendees. There is no registration fee and complimentary hotel will be provided for Wednesday and Thursday night.

Plenary and breakout session topics include:
  • Aging (Older) Road User
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety
  • Data
  • Impaired Driving
  • Motorcycle
  • Occupant Protection
  • Young Drivers
  • Distracted Driving 

Registration will open early March. More details coming soon!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CDC Study Reveals Medical Outcomes and Hospital Charges Among Children in a Crash

A new CDC surveillance summary highlights that proper car seat, booster seat, and seat belt use among children prevents injuries, decreases deaths, and reduces hospital charges. It also confirmed that parents often transition children to the next, less protective, stage of child passenger restraint too soon. With every transition to the next stage of restraint (e.g., rear-facing seat to forward-facing seat, forward-facing seat to booster seat, and from booster seat to seat belt), children are less protected in a crash and the cost of injury increases.

This surveillance summary examined the following:

Restraint use at the time of a crash:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Developing a Community-Based Car Seat Program

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death to children in the United States. By developing a community-based car seat program, complete with community partners, we can impact the severity of injuries and reduce the death rates.

By bringing together all stakeholders to discuss motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of injury and death to children in our community, Safe Kids Larimer County CO was able to develop a comprehensive, coordinated effort using the Community Guide to Preventative Services recommendations. This collaborative effort has helped to address this community’s health needs and address health disparities. Their approach has also helped foster community relationships, prevent burnout of Child Passenger Safety Technicians, and increase their collective impact.

Death rates for children in motor vehicle crashes and injury rates have declined and the number of children properly restrained in car seats has increased since the inception of the program in 2002. Community partnerships/relationships have been strengthened.

In order to impact injury due to motor vehicle crashes there must be a coordinated and comprehensive approach. Safe Kids Larimer County has demonstrated how to work with all entities for the greater good of keeping our kids safe. This program has been successful due to the partnerships built and is being replicated throughout the state.

Safe Kids Larimer County can assist other communities in replicating our success to make an impact on motor vehicle injuries and deaths to children by sharing our resources.

Purchase the full study

Monday, March 30, 2015

Register for Improving Colorado's Road Health Summit

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are pleased to announce that registration for the Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit is now available! Please join other traffic safety partners in Keystone on June 3- 5 to discuss current and emerging traffic safety issues including older driver safety, distracted driving, and marijuana impaired driving. Participants will have the opportunity to hear various presentations, participate in interactive panels and discuss evidence-based policies to improve Colorado's road health. Scholarships are available for room costs. Details are in the registration section.

Please go to to register. The preliminary agenda, CarFit pre-summit materials, and logistic information can also be found on this site and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Almost three-quarters of parents turn car seats to face forward too early

From: EurekAlert!

Using a rear-facing car seat until a child is age two reduces risk of serious injury, but close to one-quarter of parents report they turned the seat around before their child was even one year old, according to a new University of Michigan study.

In March 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines for child passenger safety, extending the recommendation for rear-facing car seat use from one year of age and 20 pounds in weight to a minimum of two years of age or until a child has outgrown the weight/height limits of their rear-facing seat.

The U-M researchers asked parents about when they transitioned their child to a forward-facing seat in two national surveys - one in 2011, one month after the new guidelines were published and again in 2013.

The research was conducted as part of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

In 2011, 33% of parents of 1-to 4-year-old children who had been turned to face forward had done so at or before 12 months. Just 16% reported turning their child's seat at 2 years or older.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Available Child Passenger Safety (CPS) scholarships to get recertified and upcoming CPS classes

Re-certification Scholarships Available

Are you needing to recertify before September 30, 2015? Did you know that CPS Team Colorado has almost 100 scholarships to pay for your recertification? Please click on the link below to apply for the scholarship.

CEU classes are being held throughout the state. Here are the upcoming classes.
CEU Classes

Do you know someone that would be a great CPS tech? Here are the upcoming classes for new technicians.
New Tech Classes

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How EMS can help end distracted driving in 2015

From: EMS1
Kids lead the way on behavior change
"Dad, where is our fire extinguisher?" my 7-year-old asked as she burst through the door after school.
"Under the kitchen sink," I said.
"Is it still good?” she asked. “The firefighters told me to check as soon as I got home."
We looked at the extinguisher and confirmed it was  functional and up-to-date.
An hour later, in the middle of dinner, "Dad we need to practice our fire escape plan. Right now. The firefighter told us to practice the plan tonight at dinner. What is our escape plan?"
As instructed ─ because who can put off a child that wants to prepare for an emergency ─ we pushed away from the table, leaving our meal half-eaten, and drilled our home fire escape plan. The firefighters, highly respected by my children, empowered my son and daughter with a specific call to action to practice a behavior.
My kids repeat this routine - fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and fire escape plan - every October after the firefighters visit their school. The firefighters give the kids knowledge and a script to use at home saying something like, "When you get home tonight - first thing - ask your parents where the fire extinguishers is kept." The kids dutifully follow the instructions and as a family we have a great fire safety review.
EMS, police, and fire can change distracted driving behavior
EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, please engage the children that come to your stations and tour your ambulances, cruisers, and fire apparatus. Lead the campaign to change the dangerous behavior of driving while distracted.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Research shows incorrect use of car seats widespread on first trip home from hospital

From:  American Academy of Pediatrics

Nearly all parents unknowingly put their newborn infants at risk as soon as they drive away from the hospital due to mistakes made with car safety seats, according to research to be presented Monday, Oct. 13 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

A study of 267 families at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital showed that 93 percent made at least one critical error in positioning their infant in a car safety seat or when installing the safety seat in the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has defined critical errors as those that put infants at increased risk for injury in a crash.

"Car safety seats can be difficult to use correctly for many families, and we need to provide the resources and services they need to help ensure the safest possible travel for newborns and all children," said Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP, lead author of the study "Unsafe from the Start: Critical Misuse of Car Safety Seats for Newborns at Initial Hospital Discharge."

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Record 27 Child Booster Seats Earn Top IIHS Rating For Safety

Among the 41 models of new child booster seats for 2014, 27 have been awarded the Insurance Insitiute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) BEST BET design -- more than in any prior year...

Boosters earn a rating of BEST BET, GOOD BET, Check Fit or Not Recommended, based on a protocol that involves measuring how 3-point lap and shoulder belts fit a child-size test dummy seated in the booster on a stationary test fixture. Measurements are taken under 4 conditions spanning the range of safety belt configurations in passenger vehicles. The evaluations focus on belt fit and don't involve crash tests.

Read the full article from Consumer Affairs

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Injury and Violence

Register Now | November 20, 2014 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the United States.

This Healthy People 2020 webinar will focus on activities and interventions related to the prevention of injury and death through appropriate child passenger safety. Through 4 presentations focusing on data, communication efforts, and effective implementation strategies, we will explore the importance of child passenger safety and the progress we are making to address this issue.

Join us on Thursday, November 20 at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn how one organization is working to address child passenger safety in its community. You will also hear about resources available to help address this issue in your community.

Monday, September 15, 2014

National Child Passenger Safety Week — September 14-20, 2014

From:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children. In 2012, a total of 1,168 passenger vehicle occupants aged 0-14 years died as a result of a motor vehicle traffic crash. During 1975-2012, child restraints saved an estimated 10,157 lives of children aged 0-4 years. Seating position also contributes to child passenger safety. To keep child passengers as safe as possible, drivers should properly restrain children aged <13 years in a back seat and follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' child passenger safety recommendations, which include properly restraining children in age- and size-appropriate restraints as follows: rear-facing child safety seats up to age 2 years; forward-facing child safety seats up to at least age 5 years; booster seats through at least age 8 years and until seat belts fit properly; and adult seat belts, still in the back seat, until age 13 years. Passengers aged ≥13 years should use adult seat belts on every trip. Additional information on child passenger safety is available at

For 2014, National Child Passenger Safety Week is September 14-20. As part of the campaign, September 20 is designated as National Seat Check Saturday, when drivers with child passengers are encouraged to visit a child safety seat inspection station to have a certified technician inspect their car seat and give hands-on advice free of charge. Additional information and an inspection station locator are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at Promotional materials (in English and Spanish) are available at

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Moms can be the most distracted drivers

From:  TCTimes

It’s not only teens who text and drive, or engage in other distracting behaviors.

Whether you’re touching up your make-up while driving, handing snacks to your toddler or checking your cell phone for text messages, if your attention is less than 100 percent on the road, then you are a distracted driver.

Even though you may feel like you’re a very responsible parent in every other area of your life, engaging in these driving behaviors puts you and your child passengers at risk.

About one in six fatal motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. result from driver distraction, increasing every year as the ownership of cell phones has increased.

A recent study found that 90 percent of parent drivers said they engaged in at least one of the 10 distractions examined in the study, while their child was a passenger and the vehicle was moving.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Just Get It Across: A Parent-Directed Demonstration Program to Increase Young Teen Seat Belt Use | NHTSA

From: Children's Safety Network

The purpose of this NHTSA study was to conduct an independent evaluation to assess a demonstration seat belt program, Just Get It Across, which was developed by the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio (Rainbow Babies) to increase seat belt use by 13- to 15-year-old teens through parental influence. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 13- to 15-year-old teens. While seat belt use has been an effective method to prevent injury from motor vehicle crashes, data from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) and Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) suggest that this period may be a critical time when safe occupant protection habits begin to decline and intervention to encourage belt use is needed. Most teens in the 13- to 15-year-old age group are not yet licensed to drive independently and rely on transportation provided by others, often parents or guardians. Recent research has also found that some parents find that there is a gap in messaging directed to them regarding seat belt safety after their children have out grown their booster seats. This may contribute to a lost opportunity to help parents promote belt use by their young teen children in this critical period leading to the start of independent driving and progressively lower seat belt use rates during the early licensure years. According to recent research, 8- to 15-year-old children reported that belt use reminders and encouragement from parents were the best ways to encourage them to use seat belts. However, parents did not seem to realize the potential of their influence and thought that outside motivators would be most effective at encouraging their children to use seat belts. Parents can play important roles in motor vehicle injury prevention and these findings suggest that programs to help parents influence their 13- to 15-year-old children to use seat belts are needed.

Click here to download the publication

Monday, February 17, 2014

Millions of Graco child (but not infant) seats recalled

From:  USA Today

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped, but is refusing to recall seven other infant seat models, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall notice.

In the seats being recalled, the buckles may not unlatch, making it difficult to remove the child from the seat. That increases the risk of injury in a crash, fire or other emergency when a speedy exit from the vehicle is required.

"NHTSA's investigation will remain open pending its evaluation of the Graco recall and until the Agency's consideration of the review of the seven remaining seat models is completed," the agency said in a statement.

That means the agency and company will continue to negotiate on whether a recall is warranted for the SnugRide infant seats. NHTSA threatened civil penalties and told the company to remove statements that underplayed the seriousness from public documents.

In an e-mailed statement, Graco said it "identified that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position."

The company is offering an improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Hidden Danger of Supplemental Car Seat Products

From:  The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

A question that often arises in the realm of child passenger safety is keeping children comfortable in their safety restraints. As CChIPS collaborator Julie Bing described in aprevious blog post, parents have shared concerns that keeping their children rear-facing until age 2 years will be uncomfortable as the child grows. Other parents have trouble keeping their older children in a booster seat as their taller peers outgrow supplemental child restraints.

One example of the many aftermarket products advertised to families that are not regulated for safety.

An aftermarket infant head rest in use.
As a solution, some parents turn to products that are sold separately from the child restraint system (CRS) and advertise additional comfort, safety, or amusement for the child. Known as aftermarket products, these can include shoulder belt padding or positioning devices, seat belt tightening devices, head cushions and car seat covers.
As a Child Passenger Safety Technician, it can be challenging to explain to parents the potential dangers of these items. Because aftermarket products are sold separately, they are not evaluated under the same federal safety standard as a CRS. In fact, many child seat manufacturers expressly warn consumers not to use these products. For example, Britax’s child restraint manuals contain the following language: "The use of non-Britax Child Safety, Inc covers, inserts, toys, accessories, or tightening devices is not approved by Britax. Their use could cause this restraint to fail Federal Safety Standards or perform worse in a crash. Their use automatically voids the Britax warranty.” Other manufacturers include similar language in their manuals. However, manufactures often do sell products specifically designed, evaluated, and approved for use with their specific CRS for parents to consider.
Ultimately, a CPS technician cannot tell a parent not to use an aftermarket product. However, parents should be made aware that these products may diminish the protective effect of a CRS. Although a child’s comfort is important, ultimately their safety is the top priority for manufacturers and families.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Motor Vehicle Prevention Status Report for Colorado

From the CDC:

The Prevention Status Reports highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of four key policies that states can use to reduce motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths:

These policies and practices have been recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the basis of scientific studies supporting their effectiveness in preventing crash-related injuries and deaths.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Child Passenger Safety Phone Number

It has come to the attention of the Colorado State Patrol that many of our partner organizations are still using the old 1-877-LUV-TOTS phone number. This number may be found on department websites, including CPS flyers, brochures, old seat check forms, and other infographics.

This number was discontinued by the Colorado State Patrol numerous years ago, and a notice was sent out to all technicians. However, it looks like many of you are still hosting the number on recorded voice messages and websites. The problem: Not only does this number not point parents toward a valid CPS resource, it now belongs to an inappropriate adult hotline.

Please have your websites changed, and/or contact your agencies to have it changed immediately.
-Take a look at all of your resources such as forms, media, brochures, etc.
-Listen to recorded lines.
-Search your department website.

If you still have items with the old number please discontinue use and email, to request new media.

Replacement phone number for Child Passenger Safety: 303-239-4500.