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It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, and it’s still hard to believe that it has anything to do with me.
I still remember putting my babies in their first car seats. The long drive home from the hospital in the backseat scared that someone was going to hit us. Since my career is all about keeping kids safe in and around cars, it was a big part of my kids’ life, too, which was not always easy.
I saw a video created by Safe Kids Brazil that shook my world, especially the message at the end. The closing message in the video was that our smallest citizens don't know how to prevent injury, so we better know. While not nearly as eloquent or poetic, I have been thinking about this concept because it is an important one as we try to convince decision-makers to pass good laws and smart policy. Because the smallest kids can't prevent the preventable, so there are times when adults must act.
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Every year the lives of almost 1.24 million people are cut short as a result of a car crash.
Most of us believe it could never happen to us. At least, I never thought it could happen to me. But, on April 12, 2014 as I was coming back from a high school leadership conference, our school vehicle was hit head on by a distracted driver.
Losing a colleague, a friend, is tough. Emilie Crown was such an advocate, such a dedicated Child Passenger Safety instructor, such a passionate person. She ran her local Safe Kids Coalition Buckle Up program in Montgomery County, Md. with events several times a week. Her passing is a huge loss for her family, Safe Kids, the CPS community and all the technicians and parents who were the beneficiaries of her relentless and passionate efforts. She was our “go to” leader for everything from reviewing programs to organizing events to media outreach.
New research evaluates the impact of The Safe Kids Buckle Up Program™ inspection events on caregiver knowledge, skill and confidence in installing their child's car seat.
In our latest Gary on the Street video, Gary talks to parents about an often misunderstood part of the car seat: the top tether.
At Safe Kids Day in Palm Beach County, FL, a young middle school boy in a bright red Safe Kids Day shirt greets guests and passes out My High 5 booklets. He shows them where to get in line to pick out their free bike helmet. The boy has some difficulties speaking and seems shy. His mom explains how they began volunteering for their local Safe Kids coalition. One day, he fell off his bike, was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a traumatic brain injury.