Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Mobilization Sept 15 – Sept 28, 2019

Buckle Up PA is ready to kick off the Fifth Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Mobilization.

September 15-28, 2019

Buckle Up PA (BUPA) will kick of the fifth Pennsylvania Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Enforcement Mobilization September 15-28, 2019. This mobilization is part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 15-21, and National Seat Check Saturday, September 21st.

The goal of the CPS Enforcement Mobilization is to prevent injury and death to children involved in crashes through the use of age-and size-appropriate restraints. This enforcement-based mobilization will increase officer knowledge and understanding of Pennsylvania’s Occupant Protection Laws, provide detection and enforcement strategies, and provide guidance and recommendations for community education and awareness.

The selection and funding will be based on an application process. To be eligible, the Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) must have at least 1 Certified Car Seat Technician on staff or in partnership, currently be a BUPA grantee and have demonstrated significant CPS activities in their jurisdiction. This mobilization will fund up to 60 LEA Grantees. BUPA is providing training, materials, resources, funding and technical support for this enforcement project.

Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2017, 37% of the children killed in car crashes were unrestrained. According to NHTSA, when used properly, child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers in passenger cars. However, proper fitting and use of the correct restraint type continues to be a serious problem. The National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats (NSUBS) conducted in 2017 indicated that as many as 31% of children 4 to 7 years old were not properly restrained. (NHTSA, 2018). BUPA and TIPP continue to partner with Law Enforcement in an effort to reduce child passenger injuries and deaths on Pennsylvania highways.