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CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

​National Campaigns

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National Occupant 
Protection Campaign


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National Impaired 
Driving Campaign



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Distracted Driving Campaign




Child Passenger Safety Week - September 17 – 23, 2017

National Seat Check Saturday - September 23, 2017


Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat? banner


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.


Regional Coordinators

CPS Instructor Team

Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force Grant Funded Fitting Stations


PUBLICATIONS

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

Safe Kids

Parents Central

Car Seat Safety for Kids

Car Seat Recalls


RESOURCES FOR TECHNICIANS

National Child Passenger Safety Certification

National Child Passenger Safety Board


DATA RESOURCES

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.



Department of Public Safety Links :

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal Louisiana State Police Louisiana Gaming Control Board Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles Louisiana Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission Office of Management & Finance The Office of Legal Affairs Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office