Counties across Georgia have been named as recipients of child passenger safety mini grants for 2014 by the Office of Injury Prevention at the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
The grants will help local agencies work together to deliver education and car seats to financially eligible families in 137 counties. Recipients use the mini grant resources to educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to families in need.
“DPH takes great pride in providing opportunities to enhance our local-level health agencies,” said Patrick O'Neal, M.D., DPH's director of health protection. “Through programs such as this we improve the health and well-being of Georgians by preventing injuries.”
Since 2007, at least 262 children in Georgia who were involved in crashes were saved from serious injury or death by car seats, booster seats and the education provided through the mini grants, according to DPH data.
A child safety seat is one of the most important tools for protecting children from injuries and death on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent in infants and 54 percent in children ages 1 to 4. But in order to provide optimal protection, car seats must be properly and safely installed, a challenging task for many parents and caregivers. Technicians at car seat inspection events in some Georgia counties found that as many as 94 percent of car seats were installed or used incorrectly.
The child passenger safety mini grants are made possible with funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. For more information about the child passenger safety mini-grant program, visit the program's page on DPH's website.