Editorial: Make sure our children arrive safely
Children younger than 16 involved in car crashes in our state during 2012 numbered 62,000.
For perspective, consider the college football season. That’s enough children to fill all the seats at each of the football stadiums for East Carolina, N.C. State, Duke or Wake Forest. And it is just 1,000 shy of filling the one at North Carolina.
Sixty of those 62,000 were killed, and about 40 of them were not buckled in a car seat or using a seat belt.
Of more than 100 injured, at least 25 percent would have had less serious injuries had they been buckled in properly.
Child Passenger Safety Week began Sunday and will run through Saturday.
Henderson is fortunate. Anchored by the efforts of the Henderson-Vance Safe Kids Coalition, a child safety seat check can be performed simply by calling the Henderson Police Department and setting an appointment. The contact is Sgt. Angela Feingold, and the phone number is (252) 438-4141.
Just having a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat or a booster seat isn’t enough. Lt. Irvin Robinson has reminded us before that many times, despite the best of intentions, parents and guardians will have the seats but not the knowledge on properly securing the child.
Ohio State University’s College of Medicine recently studied width, height and depth of dozens of car seat models and compared them to the dimensions of back seats found in several vehicles. Their study found the angle of the back seat, design of the seat pan and certain types of headsets were of great impact to the fit of car seats.
Not surprisingly, they found all sorts of assistance to make it work — swimming pool noodles and rolled up towels just to name a couple.
The yellow diamond signs hanging on windows, or bumper-stickered for all to see, are more than cute. There is precious cargo onboard with our children.
And there’s no excuse for us not being able to protect them. Help is available, and all we have to do is ask.
Let’s make sure all 62,000, if they wish, get to see the games in those college football stadiums across the state. Buckle up, and if help is needed to know how, make the appointment.