FDOT and its FL511 team remind motorists that driving with an infant or toddler in a vehicle is one of the largest responsibilities a parent or caregiver has.
Every year we hear of tragic deaths of babies and children who are left in the backseat of a vehicle – if only for a few minutes. A vehicle can heat up rapidly and children are much less tolerant of heat than adults. Almost all of these situations are accidental and there are ways to prevent them from occurring and reduce fatalities.
One way to make sure children are not left in the backseat is to put a handbag, wallet or other important item in the backseat with the child
In addition to being left in a vehicle, a second risk children face is not being properly restrained in a car seat. Injuries are the leading cause of death for young children. FDOT also reminds parents and caregivers to properly restrain children while driving.
These are such important concepts that at least three observances take place in September to raise awareness of how to travel safely with
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association sponsors Baby Safety Month in September (the ninth month of the year). The goal is to raise awareness of safe selection and use of juvenile products, such as a child’s car seat. Make sure to use the properly fitting car seat for a child’s age, height and weight.
The U.S. Department of Transportation supports two other events:
Sept. 18 to 24 is Child Passenger Safety Week. The goal is to raise awareness of many steps parents and caregivers can take to ensure the safety of children in a vehicle. One way to make sure children are not left in the backseat is to put a handbag, wallet or other important item in the backseat with the child. This way when a parent or caregiver leaves the car, they will be reminded to check the backseat. Another way is to put a stuffed animal in the front seat. There are other ideas unique to each family situation. Special activities and public information efforts are encouraged during this week to raise awareness of safely transporting children.
Lastly, USDOT and its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration support Seat Check Saturday, this year on Saturday, Sept. 24. There will be many events for people to have their child seat inspected by a knowledgeable person to make sure it is the correct fit for their child.
Another way to help ensure the safety of a child passenger is to drive more safely. Parents are encouraged to check FL511.com for real-time traffic conditions before leaving home. Connect, know and go with FL511!