An estimated 3 out of 4 child safety seats are used incorrectly.
Could yours be one of them? Seat belts and child safety seats save lives, and Safer is dedicated to efforts which increase their proper use. The NHTSA reports that using child safety seats decreases the risk of death by an estimated 71% for infants and 54% for older children.
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2014 New Mexico Traffic Crash Annual Report:
"Only 0.1 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were belted during the crash were killed, compared with 12.8 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were unbelted.[t]he percentage of unbelted passenger vehicle occupant fatalities was more than 100 times the percentage of belted passenger vehicle occupant fatalities."
In total, only 1.1% of belted passengers suffered a fatality or suspected serious injury compared to 20.8% of unbelted passengers. A full 81.9% of belted passengers sustained no apparent injuries in a traffic injury.
The following programs are funded by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Division, and are administered by Safer New Mexico Now. For more information on any of these programs, please contact Safer at (505) 856-6143.