This month is child safety awareness month in Florida and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists to focus on child safety on and around Florida roads and ensure all children are correctly buckled into a vehicle, every time.
In 2017 there were over 132 thousand crashes in Florida involving children under the age of 18, resulting in nearly 1700 serious bodily injuries and 134 deaths.
Almost 50 percent of child passengers that died in a crash were not wearing any type of restraint in 2017.
Florida law requires all drivers and occupants in the front seat of a vehicle to fasten their safety belts.
Occupants under the age of 18, regardless of where they sit in a vehicle, also must buckle up.
The Florida Highway Patrol offers free car seat installation and safety checks at major FHP troop stations throughout the state.
Parents and guardians can call any local FHP office to schedule an appointment with a certified car seat technician.
And remember to never leave a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle.
It is extremely hot, especially in Florida, and leaving a child in a car can result in the child’s injury or death.
The inside of a vehicle can heat up by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and a child’s body temperature can rise three to five times faster than an adult’s and heatstroke in a closed vehicle can occur when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside.
If you would like more child safety tips – go on-line to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.