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Safety seats are vital for kids in cars

Southwest Georgia Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant Southwest Georgia Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant

 More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency rooms last year from motor vehicle crashes. 

The Southwest Georgia Health District is encouraging you to buckle up. They say children need to be secured in a child safety seat or booster seat. Safety Seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers.

Southwest Georgia Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant says children often pick up their parents habits.

"If the adult uses a seat belt, then 90% of children in the car are also going to be in a seat belt. If an adult doesn't use the seat belt then only 30% of children in that car will be restrained properly," Dr. Grant said.

 Children should also be encouraged to wear a helmet and reflective gear while riding a bike or skateboard.

The CDC has a short safety video parents and children can watch together.

 

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