A Gift of Safety: Get a Free Child Seat Check before Holiday Travel

Photo of Child Safety Seat Check crew

With the holiday season just around the corner American families are making plans to travel—and those travel plans will often involve mom, dad, and the kids getting on the road. If you’ve got little ones in the car, it’s critical that they travel in a car seat.

So, before your holiday schedule gets too hectic, take the time to make sure your child is riding in the correct car seat…and that the seat is correctly installed.

Source:: http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/gift-safety-get-free-child-seat-check-holiday-travel

Help Us Tweet (and Facebook) to Beat Heatstroke TODAY!

Photo of baby in car seat

Summer is supposed to be a time of fun and freedom for children. But, too often during the summer months, a child left alone in a vehicle dies due to heatstroke. Already this year 19 children have died due to heatstroke; that’s in addition to the 44 children killed in 2013.

So today, as we did last year, we’re asking everyone on Twitter and Facebook to help spread our lifesaving message as part of Heatstroke Awareness Day

For children’s sake, “Look Before you Lock”

Photo of Secretary Foxx with father of child who died from heatstroke

Derrick. Benjamin. Hailey. Logan. Cooper. Anna. Mason Ryan. Bella. Alejandra. Sophia. Jeremiah. Logan. Julius. Sophia. Fernando. Aurora. Giovanni.

These are the names of the children who, since April 1, were left alone in their cars and died of heatstroke. There are 17 names, and it’s only July.

It seems like we live this nightmare over and over again every year. That’s because we do. Last year, 44 children were left alone inside their cars and died of heatstroke. In 2012, the toll was 34.

These are tragedies.

Secretary Foxx with Reginald McKinnon, a strong safety advocate whose daughter died from heatstroke.

Source: http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/children%E2%80%99s-sake-%E2%80%9Clook-you-lock%E2%80%9D

“Click It or Ticket” starts summer on important safety note

Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer driving season. With millions of Americans taking to the roads, DOT and NHTSA have again launched our “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign.

During this period of heightened enforcement and education, we partner with our friends in state and local law enforcement to promote seat belt use for one simple reason: it saves lives.

In fact, since 1975, the simple act of putting on a seat belt has saved more than 300,000 lives. In 2012 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives…

Source: http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/click-it-or-ticket-starts-summer-important-safety-note