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National Child Passenger Safety Week, February 8--14, 2004

National Child Passenger Safety Week is February 8--14, 2004. Activities will focus on the need to reduce motor-vehicle--related injuries and deaths among children by promoting age-appropriate interventions.

In 2002, a total of 1,543 children aged <15 years were killed and 227,000 were injured while riding in motor vehicles in the United States (1). Placing infants and children in age-appropriate restraints substantially reduces their risk for fatal and nonfatal injury (1,2).

Comprehensive approaches that use effective interventions simultaneously might be most successful at increasing child safety-seat use. These interventions include child safety-seat laws, communitywide information and enhanced enforcement campaigns, distribution/education programs, and incentive/education programs (2,3).

Additional information about Child Passenger Safety Week is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov and from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc. The World Health Organization has declared road safety as the theme for this year's World Health Day, April 7, 2004. Additional information about World Health Day is available at
http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2004/en.

References

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts 2002: children. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2003; publication no. DOT-HS-809-607.
  2. Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Recommendations to reduce injuries to motor vehicle occupants. Increasing child safety seat use, increasing safety belt use, and reducing alcohol-impaired driving. Am J Prev Med 2001;21(suppl 4):16--22.
  3. Zaza S, Sleet DA, Thompson RS, et al. Reviews of evidence regarding interventions to increase use of child safety seats. Am J Prev Med 2001;21(suppl 4):31--43.

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