Keeping Kids Safe
KRESSIG REMINDS IOWANS TO MAKE SURE
KIDS ARE BUCKLED UP
Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls today reminded Iowans to make sure their children and grandchildren are properly restrained in cars. According to a new study by the University of Iowa, children under one were properly restrained over 98% of the time. However, 23% of children age 2-5 were not restrained with booster or child safety seats, which is a violation of Iowa law.
“Most Iowans are keeping their kids safe and I’m proud we’ve got great compliance with children under one,” said Kressig “However, as our kids get older it is important to remember that kids under age six still need to use a booster seat or car safety seat to keep them safe. Children from age 6 to 11 must also be buckled up.”
The study also found that 25 percent of kids 6-10 were completely unrestrained in the vehicle. The statewide study was conducted by the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC). To conduct the child passenger safety survey, trained surveyors observed over 3,000 children between October and December 2005 in 36 Iowa communities ranging in size from 1,300 to 200,000. The survey was funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
“This is really about saving lives,” added Kressig “We know that children restrained with safety or booster seats are far less likely to be killed in car crashes than those children just restrained with a seat belt.”
In 2004, the Iowa Legislature revised the child passenger safety law to require that children must ride in an appropriate rear-facing child safety seat until one year of age and at least 20 pounds. Children between the ages of 1 and 5 must ride in a child safety seat or a booster seat, and in a booster seat and/or seat belt until age 11.
For more information on proper seating and car safety inspections, go to www.jointheclick.org or call Safe Kids Iowa at 1-800-258-6419.