Child Passenger Safety Week is next week, once again bringing to light the importance of keeping kids safe while driving.
Last year, nearly 20 children under the age of 13 were killed in vehicle crashes. Nearly two-thirds of those killed were not in a child restraint seat, booster seat or wearing their seat belt.
Studies done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show 46 percent of car seats are not used correctly.
“Car crashes are a leading cause of death among children, but many of these deaths can be prevented,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director.
Next week, free car seat clinics are being held across the state. On Monday, the Vanderburgh County Health Department will host one of these clinics, with National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 25.
Drivers are responsible and can be cited for each passenger under the age of 16 that isn’t properly restrained.
Children under 13 are safest buckled up in the back seat.