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  • 1. Tribes & Transportation Conference MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT OCCUPANT PROTECTION Presented by: Patti Klicka & Jennifer Booge
  • 2. MYTH: I am better off in a crash ejected from the vehicle
    • FACT:
      • Vehicle control
      • Remain conscious
      • Risk of death due to ejection
      • Unrestrained occupants are a danger to others
  • 3. MYTH: More teens die by suicide, cancer or homicide than traffic crashes
    • FACT: 1999-2003
    • 236 teens died in traffic crashes
    • 91 by suicide
    • 39 by cancer
    • 26 by homicide
  • 4. MYTH: I don’t need my seat belt because I have airbags
    • FACT:
      • Purpose of airbags
      • Speed of airbags
      • In 2005, 964 Minnesotans
      • died or were injured when
      • seat belts were not used and
      • an airbag deployed.
  • 5. MYTH: It is my personal right to NOT wear a seat belt
    • FACT:
      • Current Minnesota law
      • Who really pays the cost of unbelted occupants?
      • The effect of role-modeling on children
  • 6. MYTH: Parents know how to use car seat!- Just buckle and go!!
    • Fact:
      • Misuse rate of child restraints is 95-100%
      • Outdated seats
      • Garage Sale/Resale seats
      • Recalled Seats
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  • 7. MYTH: The Best place for my child is in my arms
    • Fact:
    • No one can physically restrain a child in a crash
    • A 40 lb. child in a 40 mph will experience 1600 lb of force on his/her body!!
  • 8. MYTHS: As soon as an infant grows out of a rear-facing seat turn them forward-facing
    • FACT:
      • Most crashes occur in the front of the vehicle
      • Rear-facing allows the back of the car seat to take the force of the crash
      • Consider the physical complexity of the head, neck and spinal cord of a child
  • 9. MYTH: As long as my child is in a car seat or seat belt, it doesn’t matter where they sit in the vehicle
    • FACT:
      • Where crashes are likely to occur
      • Risks of front seat versus rear seat
      • Risks of outboard versus center
      • Airbags
  • 10. MYTH: The faster a child graduates through car seats to a seat belt only – the safer they will be.
    • FACT:
    • Seat belts are designed for adults
    • Child restraints have been tested and rated for children
    • Child restraints are:
      • 71% effective for infants
      • 54% effective for toddlers
  • 11. MYTH: It is okay for a child age 6 to ride in a seat belt
    • FACT:
      • By law? Yes In reality? No
      • 6 Step test 4 Feet 9 inches
  • 12. MYTH: Booster seats are for babies
    • FACT:
      • Seat belts were designed for adults
      • Children don’t fit a seat belt
      • until at least 4’9”
      • Booster seats have been crash tested and lift the child up so that the belt fits properly
      • Booster seats should not be used for children under age 4
      • Less than 20% of kids who should be in booster seats are actually using them
  • 13. MYTH: No one in Minnesota supports a booster seat law. No more government interference!
    • FACT:
    • In 2005, 73% of Minnesotans supported a booster seat law for children 4-8 years old
    • Approximately 30% of Minnesotans actually use a booster seat for their 4-8 year-olds
    • The current law is more than 25 years-old, crafted long before boosters were available and tested
    • Fatality rates for motor vehicle occupant injuries are 3 times higher for American Indians/Alaska Native children than for white and black children.
    • limited access to emergency medical services, rural residences, and low seat belt and car seat use decrease the chances of surviving crashes.
    • Without education and support from law enforcement usage rates will not increase
      • By joining forces and combining resources we can work together to educate and enforce and protect
  • 15. Presenters
    • Jennifer Booge, CPS Instructor and Liaison to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety
      • [email_address]
      • 218-732-7204
    • Patti Klicka, MN Dept. of Public Safety