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The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) awarded the Rincon Valley Fire District $2,967 to continue their mission to prepare, prevent, and protect our community from harm. This grant will go towards increasing the number of Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) and assist with off duty child-passenger safety events and training. CPST’s will be able to provide families in need with new car seats as well as promote education through events and one-on-one appointments.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injuries and death for children under the age of 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In August 2012, Arizona closed a gap in the child restraint laws by requiring children ages 5 through 7 and 4’9” or shorter to continue to ride in car seats or booster seats. Placing children in properly fitted and installed car seats/booster seats will reduce the need for hospitalization by up to 69% and can reduce deaths by up to 71%. Children who are not restrained are more likely to suffer devastating injuries, resulting in longer recovery and a greater likelihood of lasting effects. While the implementation of Arizona’s child restraint law in 2012 has led to children riding in car seats longer, improving safety, without strong enforcement and continued education, children remain at risk.
Through education for families on child passenger safety, the Rincon Valley Fire District strives to reduce injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. The Rincon Valley Fire District’s CPST program works closely with Safe Kids Pima County for RVFD’s three in-house events and two community events including the annual pancake breakfast and safety day. These events reach more than 800 families through community in-house events.
Many thanks to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for this generous award. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety provides leadership and advocacy for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices.