NHTSA and Chuggington Team up to Reduce Risks of Child Injury in Boca Raton and Elsewhere

Children are never too young to start learning about safety habits to practice when riding in a vehicle, playing around vehicles, riding the school bus or walking as a pedestrian. Teaching your child early safety skills will help to reduce their risks of experiencing an accident that results in child injury in Boca Raton or elsewhere. In an attempt to encourage parents to get their little ones involved, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has teamed up with Chuggington, an animated series, to help spread the word of safe traveling habits among children ages 2- to 7-years-old.

The child safety campaign includes a kid-focused safety pledge, downloadable tips and activities for parents to use with their children and an exciting video series for the young ones to watch.

Our West Palm Beach child injury lawyers understand that motor-vehicle accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for children that are 14-years-old and younger. In this age group, more than 1,300 were killed and another 179,000 were injured in 2009 because of traffic-related accidents. In 2007, there were nearly 300 pedestrian fatalities in this young age group. Another 115,000 of these young pedestrians were injured in traffic-related accident. The NHTSA and Chuggington are hoping that the new series will help to reduce the risks of these kinds of accidents.

The characters in this exciting and educational series will be learning new safety habits on every episode. When they’ve mastered one of these safety habits, they’ll receive badges as rewards for safe behavior. The show will also be pushing the “Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!” pledge. This pledge is used to teach children to do as it says. Creators of the show hope that young viewers will be excited to learn about these safety rules and hope that they will interact with the characters on the show so that they can earn their very own Chuggington Traffic Safety badges.

This announcement was released to coincide with National Child Passenger Safety Week. This week-long campaign was used to get parents out to a local child seat inspection locations to ensure that they child’s car seat is installed properly. It is estimated that more than 70 percent of child seats in the vehicles on U.S. roadways are improperly installed.

Child seats have been proven in a number of studies to have the ability to help reduce the risk of injury and death for children when the seats and the child are properly buckled in. The trick is getting parents to make sure that they’re properly using these devices.

There were nearly 100 children under the age of 15 that were killed in Florida as a result of a traffic-related accident. With the proper knowledge, practiced by children, parents and motorists, we can all aim to reduce the risks of injury for these young ones.