Within Georgia we have so many wonderful assets and we should all be proud of these. One of the greatest assets in our state are the fine institutions of learning at all levels, whether Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Emory or Georgia State, just to name a few, we are so fortunate to have these fine colleges and universities throughout our state. Some readers may not be aware that the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has a great resource in the area of injury prevention in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The public can access information and about programs offered and safety resources at ridesafe.org.
The Ride Safe site includes several key traffic and highway injury prevention efforts. For example, the site has information about programs for parents and teens to become better informed about how to best utilize the 40 hour requirement under Georgia law for supervised driving prior to teen licensing. This program, called PRIDE, stands for Parents Reducing Injury and Driver Error helps educate parents and teens about maintaining the best attitude by both during the process of supervised driving. Also included in this are child passenger safety certification programs, which provide training for those wishing to be certified to properly fit child safety seats in vehicles. Getting the help of a certified fitter has become an important way to ensure that your infant or child is as safe as possible while riding in your vehicle. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can rely on these certified fitters for the proper seating and safety precautions for infants and children while driving.
The Centers for Disease Control has helpful and important information on how to keep kids safe in cars and other vehicles. The 2010 statistics on kids in motor vehicle accidents indicate that not only are motor vehicles accidents the leading cause of death for children, but that many kids who are seriously injured or lose their lives in highway accidents might have been saved had they been in the right type of car seat for their age and weight one that was fitted properly. And although it is hard to imagine in one year it was estimated that there were over 600,000 kids riding in vehicles with no restraint at all.
Not only do kids need to be restrained properly, but the driver of the vehicle must be driving without the use of drugs or alcohol and use their own seat belt as well. When communities have had inspection days to help parents and others properly seat children and infants, it has been found that over 70 percent were not properly restrained. That is a very large number indeed. And as many readers know, infants and children who are not restrained and are sitting in a seat with an airbag are at risk of death or injury from the airbag itself.
If you have any questions or concerns about infant and child vehicle safety measures, please use these resources for guidance. In addition, if you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle crash or have sustained an injury, please contact me personally at my law offices for a free evaluation of your accident and your legal rights. I am here to help families deal with the many medical and legal aspects of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle, car and truck accidents and injuries.