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State to Kick Off Child Passenger Safety Week

Posted February 9, 2007

— Child safety is the focus of a major campaign that is about to begin in North Carolina. The goal of the campaign is to keep young passengers safe.

In 2005, 100 kids were either seriously hurt or killed in crashes in North Carolina. At least 27 of them were not in a car seat, which is why Gov. Mike Easley is urging drivers to protect child passengers.

North Carolina law requires children younger than 8 years old or less than 80 pounds be properly fastened in a car seat or booster seat.

State leaders are also highlighting other dangers involving children and vehicles like back-over accidents. Every year, thousands of children are hurt or killed because drivers do not see them while backing up. Statistics also show that their parents are behind the wheel.

Next week during National Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be clinics and demonstrations statewide talking about topics such as back-over accidents and car seat safety.

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  • netposer Feb 13, 2007

    I noticed this article states "under 8 years" OR "under 80 lbs" but this sites uses "AND" and not "OR"

    So WRAL is saying can be older than 8 and still have to sit in a child safety seat if you are under 80 lbs. But NC says otherwise.

  • mom2threecld Feb 10, 2007

    comment was sent too soon. there are alot of children that are under 80 pounds and 8 years old on school buses. SEAT BELTS PLEASE!!!!!!!!

  • mom2threecld Feb 10, 2007

    why don't school buses have seat belts ? there are alot of children

  • Rocknhorse Feb 10, 2007

    Having been hit head-on by a drunk driver with my 10 month old child in the car with me, I can attest to the absolute benefit of using car seats. It saved my child's life! My kids were raised to buckle up and they just do w/o thinking now (at 11 and 8). If I put the car in gear before they are buckled, they tell me very quickly that they are not buckled and we don't move until they are!

  • What The Deuce Feb 9, 2007

    lynnway...just go to your local fire department or police station and they have people there who will install it for you or check it to make sure it is secure. Congrats!

  • linnway Feb 9, 2007

    Wilson- Congrats on your first! Please let me know where to get information on how to get one "installed." I am not due until August, but would like to know about this. I roam around Toys R Us cross-eyed looking at car seats! Thank you!

  • Sherlockholmes Feb 9, 2007

    WOW, What IS Wrong With This Statement?

    RE: Every year, thousands of children are hurt or killed because "drivers" do not see them while backing up. Statistics also show that their "parents" are behind the wheel.

    Maybe It Should Read : Every year, thousands of children are hurt or killed by their PARENTS ! Because They Are Attending To Something Other Than Their Children !!!
    It's Time To Go To Shopping !
    Do You Know Where You Children Are ?


  • What The Deuce Feb 9, 2007

    Ironic this story hits today, Im going to go and have a car seat installed for my first child (due Feb. 25) today. Many of children are needlessly killed from this mistake each year. Drive safe.
    This is one government program I think Im for.

  • nursevb8 Feb 9, 2007

    This needs to be targeted at the kids, it's obvious the parents don't care or can't control them. They need to hit it hard and show pictures or let them talk to other kids who were injured. It's a start!

  • builder276 Feb 9, 2007

    When my 9 year old son sees other children out of a seat belt, he of course asks why they don't have to wear 1. I usually tell him that those children's parents must just not care about their kids as much as we care about him