Child Passenger Safety
The vast majority of parents admit to being distracted in some way while driving their young child around, a new survey reveals.
Among roughly 600 parents surveyed, nearly 90 percent said that in the past month they had engaged in at least one type of technological interaction that distracted them while transporting a child between the ages of 1 and 12 years old.
The No. 1 such distraction: phone calls.
The latest CPS Issue Report provides specific recommendations for optimizing the rear seat of passenger vehicles to better protect older children and adolescents, its most common occupants. A review of the current science suggests bringing front seat safety technologies into the rear seat may reduce the risk of serious injury for rear seated occupants. In addition to engineering solutions, the report also recommends policies and programs to increase rear seat restraint use.
Nearly two-thirds of adults use a cell phone when they're driving with children in the car, and about one-third text, according to a new California survey.
The dangers of such behavior are well-documented. In 2011, about 3,300 deaths and 400,000 injuries in the United States occurred because of distracted driving, according to experts in the driving safety program at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released the results of a new survey that indicates more parents are choosing to keep their children in age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats longer, instead of transitioning them to seat belts too soon.
Emergency departments in the United States are missing important opportunities to educate parents on car-seat safety, new research suggests.
Although more than 130,000 children younger than 13 are treated in the emergency room after being injured in a car accident yearly, over one-third of doctors are not sure if their emergency department has information on the proper use of child passenger restraints for these children's parents or guardians, the study found.
Availability of Child Passenger Safety Resources to Emergency Physicians Practicing in Emergency Departments Within Pediatric, Adult, and Nontrauma Centers: A National Survey | Pediatric Emergency Care
More can be done to eliminate preventable motor vehicle collision (MVC)-related injuries through correct and consistent use of child passenger restraints. This study sought to determine emergency physician awareness of and referral patterns to child passenger safety resources and to compare awareness and referrals by practice setting. Availability of child passenger safety resources for children discharged from EDs following an MVC varies by practice setting.
Seat belt use continues to be higher in states with primary enforcement seat belt laws according to a study released by CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention in the Journal of Safety Research.
New mothers talk on the phone, text or check e-mail at an alarming rate while driving with their babies in the car, a newly released survey finds.
Although they're otherwise protective of their young children, the survey finds, 78% of mothers with children under age 2 acknowledge talking on the phone while driving with their babies; 26% say they text or check their e-mail.
Just in time for the holiday travel season, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new smart-phone application to help parents ensure that their kids are buckled up as securely as possible on every trip.
Here’s AAP’s description of the app:
Booster Seat Use: Individual, Parent–Child Relationship and Neighborhood Characteristics | Injury Prevention
The aim of this study was to analyze car booster seat use for children between the ages of 6–8 by:
- Child and parents' characteristics: socio-demographic, child temperament and child independence, parents' car safety knowledge and behavior.
- Parent–child relationship: parenting styles and parental supervision.
- Neighborhood characteristics: education, income, and unemployment.
To analyze each determinant's unique contribution to booster seat use.