TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas Motor Carriers Association (KMCA) made a life-saving donation to the Kansas Highway Patrol Tuesday (9/18). KMCA donated 105 child safety seats to be distributed statewide via KHP troopers and child seat technicians.
This is the 13th annual year that KMCA has made a commitment to preserving the lives of Kansas children with their car seat donations.
“Safety is the Kansas trucking industry’s number one priority. Every year, the Kansas Motor Carriers Association provides 105 child passenger seats to those that cannot afford to purchase the seats to protect Kansas children. By partnering with the Kansas Highway Patrol, we are assured the child passenger safety seats will be distributed where they are needed most. We know seatbelts and child passenger seats save lives on Kansas streets and highways. This is our way of helping those that share the road with our trucks everyday do so safely,” said Tom Whitaker, executive director of KMCA
The donation of child safety seats comes during Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from September 16-22, 2012. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death nationwide for children ages three to six and eight to 14.
“KMCA’s dedication to the safety of Kansas children is something we can all be proud of,” said Colonel Ernest E. Garcia, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “We appreciate it, and certainly the families who receive these seats will value the safety this donation provides their children.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends some key lessons in keeping your child safe and in the proper child safety seat:
· Select a car seat based on your child's age, height, and weight.
· Keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as your child fits the seat's height and weight requirements.
· All children under 13 should ride in the back seat.
NHTSA also recommends following the instructions that come with the child’s seat, and the vehicle’s instruction manual for proper installation.
The Patrol has troopers who are certified to inspect child safety seats for proper installation. They check installation free of charge. To set up an appointment, contact your local Kansas Highway Patrol Troop Headquarters. To find the nearest headquarters, and a phone number, go to: http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/field_op/troops.html .
The Kansas Motor Carriers Association is dedicated to all passengers’ safety on Kansas roads. To find more information on their safety events, go to: http://www.kmca.org/node/22 .