Alabama has one of the highest child death rates in the nation. The leading cause of death for children of all ages is automobile accidents.
In 2006, Governor Bob Riley signed into law a bill that strengthened Alabama’s child passenger safety law. The new law addressed guidelines for appropriate child seat/booster seat and seat belt usage for children birth up to 16 years of age.
Once passed VOICES began to look for ways to communicate the importance of the new law. In 2007, through a Lunch & Learn Campaign funded by Central Alabama Community Foundation and State Farm Insurance, VOICES was able to work through pediatricians and their staff to pass along information to parents on the need to properly buckle up their children.
It will take years for the data results to show an improvement because of the stronger law. VOICES will continue to seek avenues to get the word out and to strengthen other laws to protect our children from preventable deaths.
Child Passenger Safety Facts