April 10, 2002
NHTSA Announces Grant to New York For
Education on Child Passenger Safety
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dr.
Jeffrey Runge, today announced a grant of $417,993 to New York to help
implement child passenger protection programs that are designed to prevent
deaths and injuries to children, educate the public concerning the proper
installation of child restraints, and train child passenger safety personnel
regarding child restraint use. In announcing the grant, he presented a
symbolic check for the amount to New York officials.
"President Bush is committed to policies that protect children from harm.
They are our most vulnerable passengers, and this grant will help prevent
injuries among children involved in crashes," U.S. Transportation Secretary
Norman Y. Mineta said.
NHTSA reports that approximately 20 to 25 percent of children ages 1 through
15 years old ride unrestrained, placing them at more than twice the risk of
death and injury as those restrained. Motor vehicle crashes remain the
leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children for
every age from 4 to 14 years.
"About 80 percent of children who are placed in child safety seats are
improperly restrained, and adult safety belts do not adequately protect
children ages 4 to 8 from injury in a crash," said Dr. Runge. "Through
grants like this one, the states will help parents do a better job."
The grant announced today is authorized under a framework created by Section
2003(b) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). With
it New York may fund activities such as child safety seat checkpoints at
safety events and during enforcement efforts; permanent fitting stations;
loaner programs; education and information outreach to rural, low-income and
minority communities; education and training activities targeted to Native
American tribes; education and training activities to reach children with
special needs; educational outreach to elementary and secondary schools;
promotion of child passenger training; and training and education for judges
to promote enforcement.