Florida OPRC: FDOT Releases 2017 CPS Observation Survey Report
FDOT Releases 2017 CPS Observation Survey Report
Releases New Report On Statewide
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released the 2017 Child Restraint Survey report which details the results of the first statewide observational survey conducted to determine child passenger restraint use in Florida. This initial survey provides valuable baseline data that can be used for future comparisons.
In 2017, 14.1 percent of the children (zero to 12 years old) observed were clearly unrestrained across the State of Florida. Results indicate that the majority of Floridians understand the importance of properly restraining their children—especially infants—with nearly 95 percent of observed children age zero to three being restrained. However, continued education on the importance of using booster seats is needed with only 78 percent of children age four to five and 84 percent of children age six to 12 were restrained.
FDOT Chief Safety Officer Lora Hollingsworth said, “Using the correct car seat or booster seat can be a lifesaver and can reduce serious and fatal injuries by more than half. Make sure your child is always buckled in safely and correctly—every trip, every time.”
Child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (under one-year-old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (one to four years old) in passenger cars. The corresponding reductions in light trucks are 58 percent and 59 percent respectively. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], 2014).
Florida law requires all children from birth to age three be placed in a restraint device that is a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated car seat. Children four and five years of age are required to ride in a separate carrier, an integrated child seat or child booster seat, or safety belt. In addition, FDOT follows the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that children age 12 and under should ride properly buckled in the back seat.
For additional information, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats. To view the 2017 Child Restraint Survey report, please visit: http://www.fdot.gov/safety/2A-Programs/OP/CPS.shtm