Child Passenger Safety Week Is Sept. 21-27
Sept. 16, 2008
- Free child safety inspections through Police Department and Sheriff's Office.
- Safe Kids Coalition will be at the Fall for Fairfax KidsFest.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed Sept. 21-27 as Child Passenger Safety Week in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Safe Kids Coalition, which includes members of the Fairfax County Police Department, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and Inova Fairfax Hospital, conducts free child safety seat seminars and inspections throughout the year. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff/news/safetyseat.htm for more information, including locations.
A study by the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia shows children ages 4 through 7 who use booster seats are 59 percent less likely to be injured in a car crash than children who are only restrained by a seat belt. In Virginia, children under the age of 8 are required to use a child safety or booster seat. According to the Fairfax County Police Department, in 2007, 136 children, age 8 and younger were injured in crashes; this year to date, 105 have been injured. There also have been 1,298 arrests for child restraint violations this year to date.
Residents also may report when they observe children not properly restrained in a child seat. The owner/s of the vehicle will receive an informational letter asking them to obey Virginia's life-saving child passenger safety laws. The form may be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/.
The Safe Kids Coalition will be at the Fall for Fairfax KidsFest on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 22035.
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