BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Sept. 13 through Sept. 19 is Child Passenger Safety Week, and the Mississippi Department of Transportation is raising awareness. With the additional back-to-school traffic, officials say it is imperative that parents understand and follow the correct procedures for keeping children safely restrained inside vehicles.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. According to MDOT, every 34 seconds, one child under age 13 is involved in a crash. In 2013, 126,000 children under the age of 13 were injured as passengers in car crashes across the nation.
MDOT offers the following safety tips for drivers:
•Ensure that all passengers are correctly buckled, every time.
•All children under age 13 should always ride in the back seat.
•Follow car seat installation instructions to ensure that the car seat is installed correctly.
•Consider the child's age and weight when selecting which type of safety restraint is needed (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster seat, or seat belt).