Feb. 4, 2013
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that seat belt use can prevent injury or death in the event of a motor vehicle accident. But auto accidents are still the leading cause of death for children in the United States today. Experts believe the problem stems from a lack of community education, and many organizations are working to host campaigns to combat the problem.
The New York State Governor’s Transportation Safety Committee has announced that it has launched a poster design contest for children in third through seventh grades from across the state. The contest challenges children to design a poster promoting proper lap and shoulder seat belt use. Entries must be submitted horizontally on a sheet of paper by the end of the month. The grand prize winner will receive a new iPod, while second and third place finishers will be awarded electronic readers.
The William Mattar Law Office’s team of Buffalo Car Accident Attorneys also recognizes the importance of motor vehicle safety education, and has created several tools aimed at teaching children about traffic safety. The firm’s Traffic Safety Community Education program includes worksheets for children to use as a means of incorporating fun activities into the learning process.
These programs, and others like them, can be considered a success if just one person walks away from a car accident because of what they learned.