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Child Passenger Safety Week proclaimed in Carbon County

  • CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County Safe Kids on Thursday thanked county commissioners for their support of Child Passenger Safety Week. Seated, from left, are Safe Kids members Adrienne Vasiliou, parent and community representative;…
    CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County Safe Kids on Thursday thanked county commissioners for their support of Child Passenger Safety Week. Seated, from left, are Safe Kids members Adrienne Vasiliou, parent and community representative; Marsha Resch, Blue Mountain Health System; and Evalynn Kuehner, Right From the Start. Standing are Commissioner Charles Getz, Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek, Safe Kids Chairwoman Mindy Graver, and Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, who serves on the Safe Kids board of directors.
Published September 16. 2011 05:01PM

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week in the county.

Mindy Graver, who serves as the Chairwoman of Carbon County Safe Kids, thanked commissioners for their support. Commissioner Wayne Nothstein serves on the group's board of directors.

"We've been working very closely with Safe Kids Pennsylvania and Safe Kids USA," she said. "We will be holding an event on Sept. 20 at Walmart (in Mahoning Township) to ensure that new recommendations from the American Pediatric (Association) are being promoted to parents."

The new recommendations include that children ride in rear-facing safety seats until they are two years old, and that children over two years use booster seats up the age of 12, she said.

The proclamation states that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3-14 years old, almost half of whom are completely unrestrained. Further, nearly three out of four child safety seats are used incorrectly.

Properly installing and using the seats reduces the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. An estimated 9,310 lives were saved by child restraints from 1975 to 2009, the proclamation states.

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