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Louisiana Highway Safety Commission
Changing Behaviors, Saving Lives
CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY
Distracted Driving Campaign
Child Passenger Safety Week - September 17 – 23, 2017
National Seat Check Saturday - September 23, 2017
The first car seats were invented in 1921, following the introduction of Ford's Model T. The earliest versions were essentially sacks with a drawstring attached to the back seat. In 1971, the federal government established minimum standards for child safety seats and restraint systems to reduce the number of children killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes. Today all states and territories have child passenger safety laws that require child safety seats for infants and children fitting specific criteria, but requirements vary based on age, weight and height. Often, this happens in three stages: infants use rear-facing infant seats; toddlers use forward-facing child safety seats; and older children use booster seats. Louisiana law states that all drivers and passengers, regardless of which seat they occupy in a vehicle, must wear a seat belt or properly installed child safety seat. The fine for not being properly restrained is $50.
In Louisiana, Child Passenger Safety Fitting Stations may be found statewide with over 500 nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians available to make sure your child's safety seats are installed properly. Proper use of properly installed child safety seats could be the difference between life and death in the event of a crash. Statistics for 2015 in Louisiana show that there were 3 fatalities among children aged 0 – 13 years old that were improperly restrained and 7 fatalities among children aged 0 – 13 years old that were not restrained at all.
CPS Instructor Team
Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force Grant Funded Fitting Stations
Child Safety Seat Recommendations
Child Safety Seat Recommendations in Spanish
Child Passenger Safety
Child Safety In and Around Vehicles
A Parent's Guide to Playing it Safe with Kids and Cars
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
Car Seat Safety for Kids
Car Seat Recalls
RESOURCES FOR TECHNICIANS
National Child Passenger Safety Certification
National Child Passenger Safety Board
2015 Louisiana Child Restraint Observation Survey Results
2014 Louisiana Child Restraint Observation Survey Results
2013 Louisiana Child Restraint Observation Survey Results
Child Safety Device Use of Fatally Injured Children
CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY TASK FORCE
The Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force is focused on raising awareness about occupant protection and provides widespread community education and coordinated child safety seat checks throughout Louisiana. To reach the objectives, LPSTF sought to reduce motor vehicle-related fatal and injury crashes to children through the following activities.
Coordinate and support educational efforts by CPS advisory group members during National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaigns (such as Buckle Up America or National CPS Week).
Provide five-day standardized child passenger safety (CPS) instructor/ technician classes in geographically appropriate areas for statewide impact. Areas will be selected based on lack of trained individuals in a particular area and accessibility for training facilities.
Maintain a CPS advisory group to help provide a statewide comprehensive network of certified CPS technicians and instructors. The group would meet quarterly and be responsible for gathering and maintaining a database of all Louisiana CPS technicians.
Create and maintain standardized, minimum requirements for CPS instruction provided during state generated CPS courses and the four-day NHTSA courses.
Conduct checkup events throughout the state.
Provide one-day instructional courses to recruit technicians, educate community groups, and promote occupant protection.
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