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Traffic safety issues have truly major impacts. Among those who can be greatly impacted by such issues are society’s youngest members. Many of the cars out on the roads have children riding in them. A child’s life can be drastically altered when they are hurt in a car accident. Sadly, such crashes sometimes even end a child’s life.

According to a recent study, between 2010 and 2014, 2,885 children 15 and under were killed in U.S. motor vehicle accidents. The study found that the states vary considerably when it comes to child auto fatality levels.

California was found to have the second most such fatalities in the whole country (based on overall number) in the above-mentioned period. However, California was not in the top five for either of the other two measures the study looked at for child fatality levels in the states: percentage of child deaths and child mortality rate.

One thing the study pointed to as playing a big role in child safety on the roads is traffic rules and enforcement, which vary among the states. How good of a job do you think California’s traffic rules (and the enforcement of these rules) are doing at protecting the state’s youngest residents? Are there any changes you think it is important for the state to make on this front?

We are entering the summer months, when many kids can be traveling with their family out on the roads in connection to vacations, summer activities, family events, etc. What steps can parents take during such travels to try to protect their kids from dangers out on the roads? One is making sure their child is properly restrained when riding in the car. The study noted that many U.S. child auto fatalities involved children who weren’t restrained at all or were improperly restrained. It also concluded that increases in proper restrain use for children could significantly help with reducing child auto fatalities.

And, of course, it is not just parents who can play an important role in helping keep kids safe on the roads. All drivers can. It is important for all drivers to remember that how they act on the roads can have impacts on a wide range of people, including children, and to behave accordingly when behind the wheel.

Source: ScienceDaily, “U.S.: South highest, Northeast lowest for child auto fatalities,” May 23, 2017

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