UC Davis Health Trauma Prevention
Childhood Traffic Safety
Every hour in the United States, nearly 150 children between ages 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes (Centers for Disease Control). More children ages 5 to 19 die from crash-related injuries than from any other type of injury. Our Childhood Injury Prevention program educates families on traffic safety to teach parents to keep children safer in and around cars.
The two leading causes of preventable traffic injuries among young children are unrestrained passengers and unsafe pedestrian practice. We are working to reduce these preventable injuries by offering weekly individual car seat classes that include education on current California Child Passenger Safety Laws, proper use of child safety seats, car seat installations and education on child pedestrian safety. Call 916-734-9798 for more information.
Online resources for parents:
- Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Car and Road Safety – Safe Kids Worldwide