Research Papers

Design and implementation of a unique child restraint enforcement and education project in Halton Region

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Category 2010 CMRSC XX Niagara
Tags Session 4C
Author/Auteur Julie Fluit

Abstract

Objective: to develop and implement a new model of car seat safety enforcement and education in the Region of Halton, Ontario, Canada. The purpose of this project was three fold: 1. to determine the percentage of correct child restraint usage, in a random sample, 2. to raise awareness of police enforcement related to child passenger safety, and 3. to educate parents and caregivers regarding car seat safety.
Method: At a random spot check, child restraint systems (CRS) underwent an initial six point ‘quick check’ where they were assessed by a certified car seat technician on key areas of child passenger safety. Those driver’s receiving a score of less than six, were invited in to a full car seat inspection clinic to receive assistance in correcting their deficiencies rather than police issuing them a traffic ticket.
Results: Two spot check car seat clinics were held in 2009, with an alarming misuse rate of 81%. Many serious deficiencies not normally observed at voluntary car seat clinics were noted such as; seats that were not secured at all to the vehicle, old or illegal car seats, children not in the appropriate seat for their size/age, even a kitchen table booster seat being used as a vehicle booster seat.
Conclusions: It appears that despite progress made by manufacturer’s to make car seats easier to use, many drivers are still not using child restraints correctly and thus placing their child passengers at risk of serious injury. This strategy within Halton Region for random child restraint checks was effective in raising awareness and education in a segment of the population that may not normally attend a voluntary car seat clinic.

Julie Fluit