Keeping Children 8-14 Years Old Safe as Motor Vehicle Occupants


In 2015, 146 U. S. children ages 8-14 died as motor vehicle occupants. (1) This webinar will focus on children ages 8-14 and their use (or nonuse) of vehicle restraints. Many educators find this audience hard to reach and, in fact, child passenger safety and teen driver safety programs often miss this group of vulnerable children. Learn how injury prevention programs can blend data, research, and strategies from several sources to address the unmet needs of motor vehicle occupants ages 8-14.

Lorrie Walker of Safe Kids Worldwide will share data and information from multiple sources, including the 2016 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), Bright Futures anticipatory guidance recommendations and guidance, (2) and the American Academy of Pediatrics'  Technical Report-Child Passenger Safety recommendations. (3)  Ms. Walker will also talk about how 8-14-year-old children are affected by primary versus secondary seat belt laws, as they often straddle both. She will introduce data-driven programs developed by Safe Kids for children ages 10-14. Joe Anne Ward-Cottrell of WellSpan Health in Pennsylvania will address programs for parents and children across age groups, giving parents the words to use with children who may be riding in cars without their parents' supervision.  Deputy Sheriff Wes Williams will talk about building partnerships to deliver safety messages, including his pre-teen and teen program, which involves collaboration with a trauma center and an insurance partner.


  2. Hagan JF, Shaw JS, Duncan PM, eds. 2008. Bright Futures:  Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition.  Elk Grove Village, IL:  American Academy of Pediatrics
  3. Durbin, DR. Technical Report- Child Passenger Safety.  Pediatrics 2011;127:e1050-e1066.
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