When: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Hand Park, Belle Glade (across from Covenant Village)
Notes: First Come, First Served. Certified technicians and child safety advocates will provide free booster seats, car seat inspections and information for parents and caregivers.
Florida is one of the last states in the Union to allow children ages 4 and older to ride in an automobile without the use of a child safety seat. Currently, 48 states and the District of Columbia have some form of a booster seat law, with Florida and South Dakota as the remaining holdout states. Best practice found in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’
A child's body is often not developed to withstand the force of a seatbelt, which can act as a wire across the body in a crash. While children are expected to ride in the back seat, most vehicle manuals indicate that it is not designed for their protection. A booster seat is critical to child passenger safety in Florida. Children seated in a booster seat in the rear of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash as compared to those using a seat belt alone.
For over a decade, child safety advocates have lobbied for a new standard for child passenger safety in Florida. During the 2011 legislative session, Sen. Altman and Rep. Steinberg proposed booster seat bills (Senate Bill 196 and House Bill 151 respectively)
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