Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of accidental death amongst children in the United States. And what some may not realize is that as many as 71 percent of these fatalities could have been prevented with a child restraint system.
To help reduce Texas car accident injuries among children, the Texas Department of Public Safety has launched a new child safety seat initiative in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Injury Prevention Coalition.
The “Please Be Seated” program allows citizens to submit a form to the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Traffic Safety Specialist when they observe a motorist driving down the road with unrestrained children in a vehicle. The form will contain the vehicle’s tag number, the location of the infraction, and the date and time of the infraction. TxDOT will then send a letter containing educational information to the driver with the unrestrained child.
The program was created after studies showed education and raising public awareness were crucial to improving seat belt usage in the United States.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we applaud the efforts being made to improve highways safety, especially for the children in Texas. That’s why our team of College Station personal injury attorneys is hopeful the new program is a success.