For Immediate Release: September 15, 2014

Buckle Up For Life, Observe Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 14-20

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin encourages families to participate in statewide seat check events

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is encouraging parents and caregivers across North Carolina to observe Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 14-20) by learning how to install their children's car seats at a local safety event or by finding a permanent seat checking station near their homes.

"This week is meant to highlight the importance of everyone buckling up — especially our youngest passengers," said Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina. "It is so important that children are in a properly installed car seat and that it is appropriate for their age, height and weight. A trained technician can teach parents and caregivers so that is always the case."

Child Passenger Safety Week is a national blitz of safety events that highlight the importance of child safety in and around cars. Law enforcement agencies across the state will also be stepping up the enforcement of child passenger safety laws and seat belt usage in special campaigns to ensure that everyone is safe and buckled up. The week culminates on Sept. 20 with National Seat Check Saturday.

In addition to special events, parents and caregivers can visit one of 187 permanent checking locations that serve 70 counties across North Carolina at any time of the year to learn from a trained technician how to properly install and use child restraints in vehicles.

According to the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, more than 54,000 children younger than 16 were involved in North Carolina car crashes in 2013. Nearly 25 percent of the 36 children killed were not buckled in either a car seat or seat belt; among the 73 children who were injured, it is estimated that 15 would have suffered less serious injuries had they been buckled up.

To find a permanent checking station or a Child Passenger Safety Week event near you, visit www.buckleupnc.org

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