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Support Team Safe Kids New Jersey in the Marine Corps Marathon!

Safe Kids is a charity partner in the Marine Corps Marathon, which takes place on October 25, 2009 in Washington, D.C. This race will draw more than 30,000 runners from around the country, including our dedicated runner Ali Zaidi of Chester, New Jersey. Ali was amazed by the work Safe Kids does and approached us to run his first ever Marine Corps Marathon to help raise funds on behalf of Team Safe Kids New Jersey

As a proud parent of three, Ali chose to align his efforts with Safe Kids New Jersey for all the right reasons. “Completing a marathon has always been a personal goal for me,” Ali says. “However, as any parent knows it’s tough to find time to fulfill your personal ambitions. I felt that if I was representing something bigger than myself I could get through the strenuous training.”

Completing 26.2 miles is a real badge of honor, but it’s nothing compared to helping prevent a lifetime of suffering for a child with a serious injury. Read more about our runner Ali Zaidi in the Daily Record and Mendham Chester Washington Township This Week. You can follow Ali’s progress on his Team Safe Kids New Jersey webpage.

You can also support us in our goal of keeping kids safe from injuries every day by contributing to Team Safe Kids New Jersey. We know that what we do works and we need your help to continue our mission. Through our statewide network of local Safe Kids New Jersey coalitions, your contribution will help us educate and protect families throughout our state.

It is fast and simple to support this great cause by making your tax deductible donation online by clicking here. Or, you can mail your contribution, made payable to Safe Kids Worldwide to:

Carol Ann Giardelli
Safe Kids New Jersey
One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, WH-1305
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08893

Please put “Team Safe Kids NJ State” on the memo line of the check

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress!

Child Safety Seat Inspections Can Save Lives

It’s the responsibility of every single parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained – every trip, every time. 

Safe Kids Buckle Up, the child passenger safety program of Safe Kids USA in partnership with General Motors and Chevrolet, holds child safety seat checkups and other vehicle safety events throughout the year; click here for more information about inspections around New Jersey.

Nationwide, the Safe Kids Buckle Up program has reached more than 17 million people and has inspected over one million car seats. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research, 8,325 lives of children under age 5 have been saved by the proper use of child restraints during the past 30 years.  In 2006, among children under 5, an estimated 425 lives were saved by child restraint use. 

Parents and caregivers should follow a few basic guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect their children in a vehicle:

1. For the best possible protection keep infants in a back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible—up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds.

2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in a back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 to 80 pounds).

3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should ride in booster seats, in a back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt rests on the shoulder or collar bone (usually when the child is between 8 and 12 years old, approximately 4’9” tall and 80 to 100 pounds).

4. After children fully outgrow their booster seats, they should use the adult seat belts in a back seat. The lap belt should lay across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits rests on the shoulder or collar bone.

Parents – Not Sure Which Car Seat to Use?
cps1Are you looking for a new car seat for your infant, toddler or 4-8 year old child but overwhelmed by the choices and worried about how to properly install your car seat? The 4 Steps for Kids program will help you properly choose and install the correct car seat for your child.


Is your child safety seat properly installed?

Click here and here to find the child seat inspection station nearest you. Trained child seat inspectors will verify – free of charge – the installation of your child seat.

Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
LATCHLATCH consists of lower attachments on child seats and a set of tether anchors in the vehicle to hold the child seat in place without the use of the vehicle’s seat belts. Click here for additional information.

One in Six Drivers in a School Zone Acts Like a Drunk Driver

The public expects drivers to be on their best behavior when they are near schools, but a new study shows the opposite is true when it comes to distracted driving. 

Distracted%20Drivers%20Web2As kids head back to school, new research from Safe Kids USA shows that one out of every six drivers in school zones is distracted by the use of cell phones, eating, drinking, smoking, reaching behind, grooming and reading.


The study Characteristics of Distracted Drivers in School Zones: A National Report also found that unbelted drivers are 34 percent more likely to be distracted than belted drivers, afternoon drivers are 22 percent more likely to be distracted than morning drivers, and females are 21 percent more likely to be distracted than males. 

The study consisted of more than 40,000 observational road-side surveys conducted by local Safe Kids researchers in 20 locations across the United States. Use of electronics (such as cell phones, PDAs and Smartphones) was the leading category of distraction while driving at 9.8 percent. This is a 2.5 percent increase over a 2008 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey that showed a rate of 7.3 percent. 

With recent research demonstrating that the driving skills of a distracted driver are as bad as or worse than an intoxicated driver, the overall relevance of this study is clear. Almost one in six drivers in a school zone behaves like a drunk driver.  Multitasking while driving can have deadly consequences.  Drivers need to shut off their phones and pay attention to the road, especially in areas that are filled with children.

The national finding that afternoon drivers are 22 percent more likely to be distracted is significant because throughout the year one in three child pedestrian deaths occur between 3 and 7 p.m., making afternoons the most dangerous time for children to walk. Drivers who were not wearing a seat belt were the most likely group in the study to also be driving distracted, meaning drivers engaging in one risky behavior are more likely to engage in multiple unsafe driving behaviors.

For more information about the new report on distracted drivers, tips for drivers and pedestrians or background on the Walk This Way program, call 202-662-0600 or visit www.usa.safekids.org/wtw/.