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August 7, 2008 – Vol. 2 • No. 12
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Buckle up for life

At 68.7 percent, seat belt use in Massachusetts is the second lowest in the country. Yet it is required by law that for every car trip, every person buckle up in an age-appropriate car seat, booster seat or seat belt. It is estimated that nationwide in 2006 almost 16,000 lives were saved because of restraint use and more than 5,000 additional lives could have been saved at 100 percent compliance.

Infants under the age of 1 and weighing less than 20 pounds should use rear-facing car seats.

Children 1 year of age and weighing at least 20 pounds should use forward-facing seats.

School-age children
Effective July 10 in Massachusetts, children up to the age of 8 and 57 inches tall who have outgrown their car seats should use booster seats.
Older children to adults
Children who have outgrown their booster seats should use the car’s lap and shoulder belts and ride in the back seat until the age of 13. Teens and adults should always use seatbelts while driving or riding as a passenger.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
American Academy of Pediatrics
Get a free car seat check-up.
Boston Public Health Commission
Boston Police Department
617-343-4278, 617-343-4487
Franciscan Hospital for Children
617-254-3800 x2181
Cambridge Police Department
Newton Police Department