The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced the launch of Chuggington, a children's cartoon designed to help educate our young ones about how to be safe around cars. This safety campaign was designed for children ages 2- to 7-years-old. Parents can also access Chugginton's website for downloadable safety tips and activities to use to join in on the learning process to help children avoid a potentially fatal accident in New York.
This young age group is some of the most vulnerable in traffic accidents. Help them to fight against these risks with the proper safety knowledge.
"Educating children at an early age...leads to a lifetime of good traffic safety habits," said U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Ray LaHood.
Our New York child injury lawyers understand that traffic crashes are leading cause of death for children in the United States. In 2009, there were nearly 1,315 fatalities and almost 180,000 injuries that occurred to individuals under the age of 15 in the U.S. Pedestrian accidents alone accounted for a good portion of these accidents. In 2007, there were nearly 300 deaths and almost 120,000 injuries that happened among pedestrians in this same young age group. Chuggington is here to help to teach children how to be safe when riding a bicycle, when riding the school bus, when walking near traffic and when riding in a car. In all of these scenarios, children are at serious risks for accidents if they're not careful and not properly educated.
Children should be taught that they should always wear a bicycling helmet when riding a bike, that they should always look both ways before crossing the street and that they should always wear a seat belt, regardless of if they're in a child's seat or not.
Throughout the cartoon video series, children will be able to earn badges from Chuggington and his friends for learning the proper and safe behavior to practice when in each of these scenarios. Ultimately, children will be urged to obtain their "Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!" traffic safety badge, which they can get after taking the pledge to practice these safe traveling habits.
The Chuggington video series was released to coincide with National Child Passenger Safety Week. National Child Passenger Safety Week is used to urge parents to take their car and their child's seat to a certified car seat inspector to make sure that the devices are properly installed in the vehicle. In the U.S., it's estimated that about 70 percent of all child car seats are installed improperly. Parents should take their child's car seat to a certified inspector. Through numerous studies, children's seats have been shown to be effective in saving lives in the event of a traffic accident and for these devices to work, parents must know how to properly install them.
We're urging parents to get involved in Chuggington's efforts to make our children smarter and safer travelers. Let's teach our children these safe habits early to better ensure a lifetime of safe travels.
If you or your child has been injured in a car accident, contact in Manhattan or elsewhere in New York, the car accident lawyers at Ronai & Ronai, LLP for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-664-7111 today.
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