Seat Belt Safety
Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up
As long as I can remember, I have always made my daughter buckle up before we ever got on the road. She is so used to buckling up that even driving down the aisle in the parking lot to a new spot has her buckling up. It has become a habit and one that I am glad she has. Not everyone makes sure that their children are buckled in and this can lead to serious injuries and even death.
Did you know that from 2011 to 2015, an estimated 343,000 children age 8-14 were injured while traveling in passenger vehicles, and an additional 1,692 children died? A full 50% of those who died were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Those are sobering statistics and as a parent of children that fall into that age bracket, I can only imagine asking the question, “What if they had been buckled up?”
This spring, the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are unveiling new PSAs featuring characters from Fox’s upcoming summer road trip adventure Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. The PSAs remind parents and caregivers that even if kids argue and plead, parents should stand firm and always insist that their kids buckle up and sit in the back seat (the safest place for kids under the age of 13).
Many kids love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and often they will pay attention to the things their favorite characters have to say. So watching the PSA video with them is a great way to encourage them to “buckle up.”
As I shared earlier, my daughter has buckled up out of habit for years but that doesn’t mean that I don’t check on her. It is my job as her parent to make she is buckled in before I put the car in motion. It is also important that I set a good example by making sure that I am buckled in whenever and where ever I am seated in a vehicle. Take a stand and find out how you can stand strong and make sure you and your family are practicing seat belt safety at the link below.
Per data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 69,000 tweens are injured every year in car crashes and 61% of 14-year-old children killed in 2015 car crashes were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Even though life as a parent is full of compromises, seat belt safety should never be up for negotiation. That’s why the new PSAs encourage us to: “Never give up until they buckle up!”