Car seat checks this week in Vail Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -Sheriff’s deputies and car seat technicians from the Eagle County EMS Prevention Committee in Colorado’s Vail Valley will conduct car seat checks at several local elementary schools during Child Passenger Safety Week this week.
The goal of Child Passenger Safety Week is to reduce the amount of death, injuries, and misuse of child restraints. Used properly, child safety seats and seat belts prevent injuries and save lives, the Eagle County Sheriffs Office says, adding 84 percent of child passenger seats checked in Eagle County have been installed incorrectly.
Also this week, school resource officers will read safety stories to elementary students and teach them that they need to remind their parents about proper use of car seats. There also will be a class at Red Canyon High School for local teenage parents of infant children on basic child safety seat installation and the importance of wearing their own seat belts that will take place .
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 3 to 14 in the United States and in Colorado. Over the past five years in Colorado, 108 children age 14 and under have been killed in traffic crashes, and 62 percent were not properly restrained in a child safety seat or seat belt, the Sheriff’s Office says.