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It's Child Safety Awareness Month. Is your car safe for your kids?

On behalf of Platt Hopwood Attorneys at Law PLLC posted in Injuries on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

Safety agencies urge parents to use proper child car seats this summer.

In 2015, about 26,000 children were injured and 149 were killed in motor vehicle accidents in Florida. That shows an increase of about 25 percent since 2013. As child injuries and fatalities continue to climb, law enforcement agencies and safety groups are trying to help parents keep their children safe.

This Child Safety Awareness month, these groups are focusing on one area that has lots of room for improvement: the use of proper restraints and safety seats for children. In Florida, all people under the age of 18 are legally required to wear a seat belt and children under four years old must be properly secured in an appropriate child safety seat.

Get your car seats checked - for your child's safety and your peace of mind

Last year, the Florida Highway Patrol issued more than 21,000 citations for improperly secured children in cars. More than 1,165 children were injured because they were not wearing the correct safety restraint while riding in a vehicle.

Are you confident that your precious cargo is safe and secure? If not, this is a great time to do something about it. The FHP will be conducting car seat checks at no cost beginning Friday, August 5. The checks will be performed at local FHP troop stations throughout the state and must be booked in advance. Visit flhsmv.gov to learn more and schedule an appointment. After the month is over, checks will be available by appointment during the first Friday of every month.

Have you checked your car seats recently? Any tips for keeping long car rides safe AND fun for kids? Let us know in the comments below, or share this post with a parent you know.

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