AL: Advocates Asks Senate Leaders to Consider Changes to Improve Child Passenger Safety Bill

  • April 17, 2024
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Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the United States. An average of over three children under age 14 were killed and about 445 were injured every day in traffic crashes in 2021 – amounting to a total of 1,184 fatalities and 162,298 others injured. Improperly restrained children traveling in vehicles present a serious yet fixable public health problem. Across all age groups, injury risk is lowest (less than two percent) when children are placed in an age-appropriate restraint in the rear seat. Advocates supports enactment of provisions in Alabama House Bill (HB) 265 to establish protections for child passengers. However, we recommend making a few minor, yet important, modifications to improve the bill and enhance the safety of child passengers. Read those recommendations in our letter to leadership in the Alabama state Senate here.