With more than twenty million vehicles, and almost two hundred thousand miles of roadway, almost every one of the eight million kids is exposed to traffic-related disability, death and injury routinely. To avoid such fatalities, experts believe in using child restraints and seat belts.
The VSOP Program:
Injuries related to motor vehicle are avoidable, yet motor vehicle crashes remain one of the biggest causes of disability and death for children. VOSP or Vehicle Occupant Safety Program tries to prevent deaths and injuries to toddlers and infants in California by correcting misuse and increasing the use of child safety seats.
The agency works very closely with hospitals, local health departments, child care providers, community agencies, municipal court systems, and other agencies to create educational programs related to child passenger safety to benefit families.
During the past few years, VOSP has been able to develop statewide child passenger safety network successfully. Through this system, local agencies jointly campaign for stronger legislation and policies and work towards changing the administrative practices of law enforcement, hospitals, child care, education, and other entities. They also try to develop stronger local networks; and conduct consistent evaluation that offers accurate information about the data. VOSP, in association with several partners offers the structure to generate a sustainable child occupant system.
- Kids, till the age of 12, should remain in the back seat when travelling.
- Never use a safety seat that has passed expiration date
- All objects in the vehicle must be stored in the trunk to avoid injury.
- Kids must stay in the booster seat till they are tall enough to fit in the adult lap/shoulder belt properly.
Apart from this, it is also a great idea for parents to hire taxi cabs for long distance travel or when they are not sure about their driving skills. Most taxi cab providers have a team of skilled drivers who know the cities well and can also drive around with a lot of expertise. They know the shortest and safest routs around and can be extremely handy. One of the best ways to know about these companies is to look for them online. Most yellow taxi providers have websites.