Tuesday, November 07, 2006

M.A.D.D

Just two days ago a girl named Justine was killled in a car accident. I remember when she was born 14 years ago on Halloween. Her mom's boyfriend was driving the car and was also killed. I found out that the person who hit them was drunk, and he came out fine. When are people going to learn. Please remeber if you are going to drink, please have a designated driver. Also always make sure that your kids are in proper restraints. It amazes me how many people don't have there kids in car seats.

During 2004, 7,810 passenger vehicle occupants under 15 years old were involved in fatal crashes. For those children, where restraint use was known, 29 percent were unrestrained; among those who were fatally injured, 50 percent were unrestrained. (NHTSA, 2005)

It is estimated that 451 children under age 5 were saved as a result of child restraint use in 2004; if all children under 5 had used child safety seats an estimated 566 lives (that is, an additional 114) could have been saved. An estimated 7,472 lives were saved by child restraints from 1975-2004. (NHTSA, 2005)

In 2003, 21 percent of the children under 15 years old who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were killed in alcohol-related crashes. (NHTSA, 2004)
Of the children 0-14 years old who were killed in alcohol-related crashes during 2003, 47 percent (209) were passengers in vehicles with drivers who had been drinking. (NHTSA, 2004)

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children from two to 14 years of age.

2 comments:

tammara said...

This is the saddest thing. I always feel so horrible for the mother. I can't imagine, and I don't want to. This was a friend of yours, Michelle? Please give her a hug for me.

mommyofangels said...

The relative of a close friend of mine… it is so sad. Didn’t know what to say when she told me. What do you say?

I just listened and said some words. Don’t know if they helped, but I think just listening helped.