Child Safety: How to Use Child Safety Seats Correctly

Every parent, placing his child in a vehicle, should always take into consideration the necessity of safety seats for children and the importance of selecting the right kinds of safety seats. It is crucial to be aware of the times your child should be moved from a rear-facing car seat position to a forward-facing car seat or booster seat. It can literally save your child’s life in case of a car accident.

In celebration of child safety week, the team at Chicco have put together an infographic that in no uncertain terms explains the age and height suggestion for securing your child.

Newborn to Age 2

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, babies are at greater risk of injury in crashes. This is because babies’ spines are developing and their heads are large for their bodies. Hence, a child should ride rear-facing in a child safety seat. The baby’s head, neck and spine are cradled by the back of the child safety seat in the case of a frontal crash, which is the most common type of crash.

The following video presents some important child safety seat tips for your baby:

Toddler

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children 2 years or older, or those who have outgrown the weight or height limits for their rear-facing safety seat be restrained in the back seat of the car, in a forward-facing safety seat with harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of the safety seat.

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Beware, drunk driving causes death!

Drunk driving or driving under influence is a really dangerous and irresponsible act that people perform. After-party high spirit and good mood can turn into a tragedy for you, your family, for other people and their families because drivers with high blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) are at a great risk of car accidents, roadway injuries and vehicular deaths.

DUI is a traffic offense and violation of the traffic law. If you are caught committing such an offense you will face really severe penalties. You can pay a monetary fine or you can be imprisoned. The penalties depend on the complexity of your offense.

 

However, the penalties do not bring such a grief as the accidents that occur because of driving under influence. According to www.madd.org, every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash (9,878 people in total in 2011). Every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of this crime.

Edgar Snyder & Associates, a law firm representing injured people, has collected the following statistics:

United States Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics (2009)

  • Three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.

  • Of fatal accidents in 2009, 32 percent involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

  • In 2009, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico made it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the 10,839 people who died in an alcohol-related crash, 7,281 (67 percent) had drivers with BACs above the legal limit.

  • For fatal crashes occuring from midnight to 3 a.m., 66 percent involved alcohol-impaired driving.  Continue reading