Buckle Up PA is ready to kick off the Sixth Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Mobilization.
September 13-26, 2020
Buckle Up PA (BUPA) will kick off the sixth Pennsylvania Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Enforcement Mobilization September 13-26, 2020. This mobilization is part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 20-26, and National Seat Check Saturday, September 26th.
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 a sincere commitment to 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 are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2018, 33% 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 remain a serious problem. BUPA and TIPP continue to partner with Law Enforcement in an effort to reduce child passenger injuries and deaths on Pennsylvania highways.