Donald Driver Joins State to Improve Child Safety in Cars

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and Governor Scott Walker kicked off the upcoming national Child Passenger Safety Week by premiering a new instructional video showing how to install and use child safety seats properly.

“Everyone transporting young children in a vehicle should learn the basics of child passenger safety,” Governor Walker said. “Traffic crashes inflict terrible pain and sorrow on so many people, young and old, nearly every day. But a crash is even more heartbreaking when a young child is hurt.”

As an advocate for the WisDOT Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety campaign, Donald Driver said he and his wife, Betina, want to do everything possible to protect the health and well-being of their three young children.

“But good intentions are not always enough. You also need current and accurate information,” the Packers’ all-time leading receiver said. “For many parents, grandparents, and caregivers, the installation and proper use of child safety seats can be confusing. And the types and placement of child safety seats change as your child grows. This new Zero In Wisconsin video on ‘How to Properly Use Child Safety Seats in Wisconsin’ provides easy-to-follow and comprehensive instructions so you can protect your child in your vehicle. This video also will be a great child safety seat reference resource as your child grows.”

The “How to Properly Use Child Safety Seats in Wisconsin” video, which shows the progression of child passenger safety from infancy to 12-years of age and provides tips on correct car safety seat installation, is available online at www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/ChildSafetySeats. In addition, WisDOT is working with hospitals to distribute DVDs of the video to parents when they take their baby home.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 12, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During Child Passenger Safety Week from September 16-22, WisDOT and the State Patrol will remind parents, grandparents, and caregivers that consistent and proper use of child safety restraints in vehicles can be a matter of life or death.

“The best way to protect children in vehicles is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “We hope everyone who transports children will review our new video to ensure they are fully protecting their precious passengers.”