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News Release

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Media Relations

National Child Passenger Safety Week/Demonstrate Proper Child Car Seat Installation NA15173lp

News conference to bring awareness to the proper installation of child safety seats and the common errors made by parents and caregivers.

Thursday September 17, 2015
9:00 a.m.

Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division
7870 Nollan Place
Panorama City, CA 91402

State Assemblymember Adrian Nazarian, District 46
City Councilmember Nury Martinez, Council District 6
Captain Rafael Ramirez, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Traffic Division
Chief Steven Zipperman, Los Angeles School Police Department
Captain Johnny Starling, California Highway Patrol, West Valley Office

September 13th through September 19th 2015 is National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Child Passenger Safety Week.

The leading cause of death for children age 14 and younger is vehicle accidents whether they are a passenger, riding their bike, or get struck by a vehicle while walking.

Almost three out of every four car seats are installed incorrectly. The City of Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division (VTD) are focused on reducing that number in an effort to make our children safer.

  • Car seat use reduces the risk of death to infants (less than one- year) by 71%; and to toddlers (ages 1 to 4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.
  • Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4 to 8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.
  • For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk of death and serious injury by approximately half.

During the news conference, VTD along with the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles School Police and Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department will provide information regarding community outreach programs and demonstrate the proper use of car seats for infants and children.

For more information, please contact Sergeant Stephen Egan, Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-8146.