Secretary Ray LaHood
Child Passenger Safety Week
Garrison Elementary School
September 17, 2012
- Good morning. Thank you for joining us to kick-off Child Passenger Safety Week.
- At the Department of Transportation, safety is our highest priority, especially when it comes to protecting America’s kids.
- The facts are clear: Whether you’re dropping the kids off at school or going on a family trip, a child safety seat is essential to keeping your child safe.
- Any EMT, police officer, or firefighter will tell you: A properly installed child safety seat could mean the difference between life and death.
- Now, I know America’s families are busy. There’s never enough time in the day. And many caregivers figure that if the child safety seat is strapped into the car—that is good enough.
- But it may not be. Making sure it’s installed properly is critical and could save you a lifetime of regret.
- The good news is that child safety use is up to 89% for children 7 and younger.
- But, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that close to 3 out of 4 parents do not properly use child restraints.
- We need to do better. And at DOT we’re here to help you do better.
- We want parents to remember three things:
- The Right Seat,
- The Right Size,
- The Right Use.
- That means find a seat or booster that fits your child and fits your car.
- And make sure you use it correctly each and every time you travel.
- In communities across the country, there is help for parents. You can go to NHTSA—dot—GOV to search for a local inspection station so you can make sure your child safety seat is installed properly.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 8 to 15 and the second leading cause of death for children 4 to 7 years old.
- The right safety seat used in the right way may save your child’s life.
- Now, I’d like to invite David Strickland, the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to provide more details about how parents can learn to protect their children.
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012