“If disease were killing our children in the proportion that accidents are, people would be outraged and demand that this killer be stopped.” --- C. Everett Koop, MD, Nobel Piece Prize Winner, Former US Surgeon General, Former Chairman National SAFE KIDS Campaign
Safe Kids is a coalition of community partners that all have one common goal: decreasing accidental injuries for children birth to 14 years old. Each year, an estimated 4 million children in Florida (1 out of 4), ages 14 and under, will experience injuries serious enough to require medical attention. Nationwide, accidental injuries are the number one killer of America’s children, taking more lives than disease, violence, and suicide. Children ages 14 and under are more vulnerable to accidental injuries for a variety of reasons. First, their bodies are smaller and more fragile, so events that that would not harm adults may injure them. Also, a child’s cognitive development affects their risk of injury. Younger children are more vulnerable to accidental injuries because they do not understand certain behaviors or situations will lead to injury. Another reason children are more acceptable of accidental injuries is because their motor coordination and reflexes are not as well developed as those of adults. They also have more restricted fields of vision, so they don’t see danger as well or as quickly and then unable to respond appropriately. Finally, one of the main reasons children injure easily and more often is because the have limited life experience, which makes them less able to make judgments about hazardous situations.
Child Passenger Safety: Leopold Law, P.A. and Safe Kids, Palm Beach Advocate for Booster Seats in Florida.
Florida law only requires a child to be in a child safety seat until the age of 4. Florida is one of three states (Florida, South Dakota, and Arizona) without a booster seat law. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Academy of Pediatrics, and injury prevention advocates nationwide know that this is not the best practice. Children should be in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly; with the lap portion lying across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt should lie across the center of the chest and center of the collar bone. This typically happens somewhere between 8 years and 12 years old. But this is only one problem. Unfortunately, in Florida we still experience over 80 % of misuse with child safety seats and even more concerning over 50% non-use of child safety seats.
Leopold Law, P.A. launched National Child Passenger Safety week by hosting a booster seat drive in Indiantown, FL on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Through our efforts, we were able to partner with Safe Kids and several other community leaders to provide over 80 children with the appropriate child safety seats.
Child Passenger Safety Campaign Initiative Provides over 200 Children with Car seats
On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Leopold Law, P.A. partnered with Safe Kids Palm Beach County and local law enforcement to host a Booster Seat Drive in Indiantown.
The event was the third collaborative effort Leopold Law has led to promote the safety of children in Indiantown. Over the last 8 months, this campaign has provided over 200 booster and convertible car seats to families in the area, and has successfully led the charge to create awareness for child passenger safety. The coalition of volunteers who turned out on Saturday included Certified English and Spanish speaking technicians from Safe Kids PBC, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, Martin County Sheriff's Office, Martin County Tax Collector's Office and Florida Highway Patrol.
National Seat Check Saturday Event Promotes Child Seat Safety in Belle Glade
On Saturday, September 22, 2012, Leopold Law, P.A. hosted a Booster Seat Drive in Belle Glade and outfitted over 80 children in new car seats. The event was a success thanks to the volunteers from Safe Kids Palm Beach County, The Bridges at Belle Glade and all the local law enforcement who came out to support National Seat Check Saturday. Leopold Law is dedicated to educating parents and providing them with the resources they need to keep children safe in and around vehicles.