According to statistics gathered over the years, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for children ages 2 through 12 in the United States; every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
The Elk County Commissioners yesterday adopted a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week.
The document showed that all 50 states have laws requiring the use of child safety seats for children traveling in motor vehicles. All parents and caregivers are encouraged to make sure their children are buckled up anytime they ride in a motor vehicle; statistics show that three out of four child safety seats are not used properly.
According to the proclamation read by Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel, parents and caregivers are encouraged to make sure that all children are appropriately buckled up every time they ride in a motor vehicle.
"During Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be hundreds of free child safety seat inspection stations set up across the country," Beimel said.
Dawn Walls, a safety press officer at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Clearfield office, attended the meeting Tuesday morning to help raise awareness for child safety in motor vehicles.
"I don't get to travel often to commissioners' meetings, so I appreciate the opportunity," Walls said. "Part of my job is to get out into the public and do everything I can to prevent awareness and prevent these tragedies from occurring on the roadway. This is one small facet to my job, but it is very dear to my heart because it is the leading cause of deaths for our young children."