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  • Tribes & Transportation Conference

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Outdated seats 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

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