In Texas, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children ages 15 and under. The Red Duke Trauma Institute and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital care about the safety of you and your child. Here are some recommended safety tips to protect you and your child while riding in a motor vehicle.
When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can reduce injury and save lives. It is estimated that four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly. Certified technicians provide complimentary car seat inspections and instruction. To find a car seat inspection station nearest you, visit the NHTSA website.
In Texas, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children ages 14 and under. In 2012, 210 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in Texas among children 14 and under (TXDOT, 2012). According to Safe Kids Worldwide, in the United States each year approximately 1,800 children ages 14 and under are killed as occupants in motor vehicles and more than 280,000 are injured Half of the children that died were unrestrained (no safety belt or child restraint).
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is a participant in the Safe Riders Child Safety Seat Distribution and Education Program. Safe Riders coordinates a statewide child safety seat distribution and education program. The goal of the program is to increase use of child safety seats and consequently decrease the number child injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by working with a variety of local community groups, who in turn offer community education classes in which a family can receive a new child safety seat and instruction on how to use the seat properly.
Parents interested in participating in the program should call Safe Riders toll-free at 1 (800) 252-8255, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Qualifying parents will be referred to a program in their area of Texas to contact in order to get scheduled for the next available child safety seat class. Seats are not always available in every area of the state and programs do not always have a supply of seats.
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Red Duke Trauma Institute are proud to offer this program to Houstonians and hopefully decrease the number of child injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes.
Learn more about the Safe Riders program on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
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