“Please Be Seated” Program To Help Save Young Lives

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The Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition is thrilled to once again launch its Please Be Seated program, a campaign meant to save young lives by educating parents who are not properly restraining their children in child safety seats. With the support of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services and the Texas Department of Transportation, the campaign is serving families in Brazos County and nine surrounding counties. When drivers observe other drivers on the road with unrestrained children in their vehicles, the observing drivers can mail in to TxDOT a special Please Be Seated postcard indicating the date, time, and license number of the vehicle carrying the unrestrained children. TxDOT will then send a letter to the vehicle owner informing them that they have been identified with unrestrained children in their vehicle. Parents will be provided with educational information as well as a list of local child passenger safety technicians that can help determine the specific car seats designed to fit their children’s heights and weights. The Please Be Seated postcards are available at many locations in the Brazos Valley, including the Bryan Department of Public Safety office, the Brazos County Health Department, Bryan College Station and surrounding community libraries, the College Station Medical Center, pediatricians’ offices, the Brazos County Courthouse, and other county law enforcement offices.

This campaign will bring attention to the need for children to be correctly restrained on every trip. Child safety seats are up to 71 percent effective in preventing deaths and injuries, but they must be used and used correctly in order to save a life. Write down the website address or pick up a card and have it ready next time you see a driver with children jumping around in the back seat! You will help to save a life!

Please Be Seated reports can be made directly to the coalition’s website at http://brazosvalleyinjuryprevention.tamu.edu/.

For further information or to pickup a card, please contact Program Manager Cindy Kovar at (979) 862-1921 or cmkovar@ag.tamu.edu or Program Coordinator Mary Jo Prince at (979) 847-8865 or maryjo.prince@ag.tamu.edu.