Proos commemorates Child Passenger Safety Week

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LANSING—Sen. John Proos spoke to the Michigan Senate on Thursday about the importance of the proper use of child safety seats during National Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sept. 14-20. 

“The proper use of a child safety seat greatly reduces risks for children riding in passenger vehicles,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “In fact, the risk of death to infants decreases by 71 percent and the risk to toddlers drops by 54 percent when the child is properly restrained.”

Unfortunately, according to one study, more than 618,000 children up to age 12 ride in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time during the course of a year. 

“So many deaths can be prevented by proper child restraint, which is why I am introducing legislation to strengthen Michigan laws and to bring them into alignment with federal guidelines,” Proos said.

Proos also sponsored Public Act 35 of 2013, which closed a loophole that allowed individuals who drove with unrestrained children to skirt the law. Proos worked with Berrien County Magistrate Steven Doak on the passage of the law.

“The loophole was meant as a way to educate people about child restraint requirements,” Doak said. “The law was being taken advantage of and children were being left unprotected.” 

Proos recommended that Michigan residents attend a child safety seat check event or schedule an appointment with an area hospital, police or fire station to have their safety seats checked.

“As a father of three young children, I would like to urge all parents and grandparents to have their car seats checked,” Proos said. “The statistics show that this is one of the single most important things we can do for our kid’s safety.”

For locations, visit www.safercar.gov and click on “Car Seat Help.”

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Editor’s Note – View Proos’ speech to the Michigan Senate at:  http://youtu.be/xzVt01GmIhw.

A print-quality photo of Proos is available by visiting the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

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