Weekly Briefing From Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
August 17th, 2018 | last Update: 2 years ago
|August is a busy month for Florida families, as children head back to school and summer break comes to an end. It is also a month dedicated to child safety awareness. Students across our state, this month, will board busses, cross traffic and join carpools going to and from school. It is important that parents, drivers and all Floridians take extra caution to ensure children are safe.
In 2017, nearly half of all children that died in a car crash were not buckled up. This is unacceptable. The simple act of buckling in a child could save a life. Car seats need to be installed correctly. The Florida Highway Patrol offers free car seat installation and safety checks at stations throughout the state.
It is also important to take measures to ensure children are not left in a hot car. The temperature inside a parked car can increase 20 degrees in 10 minutes. So if it is 80 degrees outside, the inside of a parked car could quickly reach 100 degrees. Never leave a child in a car, and if anyone sees a child left in a car they should call law enforcement immediately.
Finally, intersections near schools are now being crossed by thousands of tiny feet. Crossing guards are helping kids get safely across traffic. Florida drivers can help by being patient, obeying crossing guards and minding road signs.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is leading efforts to protect children this Child Safety Awareness Month and has even more safety tips online. I encourage all Floridians to check out the DHSMV website and work together to help ensure a happy, safe school year for children across our state. Please share this message with your friends, co-workers and employees.