The Mt. Lebanon Police Department will once again partner with Buckle-Up PA and the PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project to promote awareness of Child Passenger Safety. Through both educational outreach and enforcement efforts, MLPD will aim to prevent injury and death to children who are passengers in motor vehicles. It is imperative that parents, caregivers, and any person who is responsible for transporting a child understand and correctly use child seats/restraint systems that are both age and size appropriate to their precious cargo. Throughout the week, Mt. Lebanon police will be present at seven elementary schools to conduct safety checks and provide information to motor vehicle operators who are transporting children. Motorists who are observed transporting unrestrained children WILL BE CITED!
Car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children. On average, nearly two children under the age of 13 were killed and 345 children were injured EACH DAY in 2013 while riding in motor vehicles. That’s over 600 little lives that were cut short way too soon in one year alone! The risk is real for “Tweens” as well. Almost half of all 13 year olds killed in crashes between 2009 and 2013 WERE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS.
THE LAW IN A NUTSHELL – Children under the age of 4 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat when in a motor vehicle. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Additionally, any child between 8 and 18 must wear a seatbelt when riding anywhere in a motor vehicle.
Funding for this initiative comes in part from PennDOT’s statewide distribution of $1.7 milliion in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More information can be found at http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm