National Child Passenger Safety Week begins Sunday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are teaming up in an annual effort to encourage parents and caregivers to protect children in vehicles.

National Child Passenger Safety Week starts today until Saturday, September 24.

The annual campaign raises awareness about child passenger safety laws and the importance of properly protecting children with car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three out of four children are not properly secured in car seats, putting them at severe risk of injury or death.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children under age 13 nationally, according to CDOT.

In Colorado, 8 children under the age of 12 died in crashes last year. Only two of the fatalities involved confirmed restraint use, but there is no information on whether those restraints were properly installed, according to CDOT.

“Too often, parents or caregivers improperly use or install child safety seats,” said Sam Cole, Communications Manager at CDOT. “To help keep children safe, we’re rolling out new resources to help parents and caregivers keep children safe while driving.”

Those resources being released this week include a new website, an educational video about proper car seats use and educational brochures and flyers that provide tools necessary to keep children safe in vehicles.

>> View and download materials here.

>> View the video on child passenger safety here.

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