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The 4 Essential Steps in Child Passenger Safety


February 1,2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News Contact: Rosalie Thornburgh (785) 296-3756

The 4 Essential Steps in Child Passenger Safety

The KDOT Safety Belt Education Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Kansas Motor Carriers Association, and the Kansas SAFE KIDS Coalition, will join forces for National Child Passenger Safety Week February 10-16, 2002.

 “Child Passenger Safety Week provides communities and organizations an opportunity to join together through local education and enforcement efforts to increase the correct use of safety seats, safety belts, and air bags. Their efforts focus on raising public attention to the life saving benefits which will help to significantly reduce death and injury to children in Kansas,” said E. Dean Carlson, Secretary of Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

In an effort to keep Kansas children safe, the KDOT Bureau of Traffic Safety recently distributed 1,100 child safety seats to statewide child safety seat loaner programs and fitting stations.  This adds to the 543 seats distributed through the program last year.  The child safety seats are to be used for those who could otherwise not afford to obtain one for their child.  The child safety seat distribution program is a part of KDOT’s strategy to raise the child safety seat usage rates in Kansas.

The Kansas SAFE KIDS Coalition will continue its mission of educating parents about safely transporting children and working to close the gaps in Kansas’s child passenger safety laws.  “We know that moving a 4 year old child out of a car seat into an adult seat belt is not safe, children of that age need to use a belt-positioning booster seat.  Our laws need to do a better job of informing parents and protecting children,” said Jan Stegelman, Coordinator, Kansas SAFE KIDS Coalition.

The Kansas Motor Carriers Association donated 40 child passenger safety seats to the Kansas Highway Patrol for Child Passenger Safety Week. During the past two years, the KMCA has donated 104 child safety seats to the KHP in honor of the many years that they have been in the trucking industry.   In addition to activities during Child Passenger Safety Week, the KMCA and KHP will work together at key events throughout the year to promote child passenger safety.

The four steps to child safety in motor vehicles include using rear-facing child safety seats for infants, forward-facing seats for toddlers from one year to about age four, belt-positioning booster seats for children over 40 pounds, until they are at least eight years old or 4’9” tall, and seat belts for older children.

In keeping consistent with the KDOT’s mission and principle function, 29 child safety seat fitting stations and 82 loaner programs continue operation across the state.  The fitting stations, which are located throughout Kansas, provide drivers an opportunity to receive assistance in keeping the children they transport as safe as possible while traveling.

To make an appointment, please click here, Fitting Stations, for a complete list of contact names, addresses and telephone numbers. 

For more information, please contact Rosalie Thornburgh, KDOT Bureau of Traffic Safety at 785-296-3756.