The Butte County Public Health Department has been awarded a one year Child Passenger Safety grant for $91,500.

The grant will fund activities to help prevent injuries and deaths to children in Butte County.

Funding for the grant was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The grant will focus on educating parents about best practices and developing practical skills to keep their child safe while riding as a passenger.

The grant will also work with local law enforcement and the courts to create a diversion program to educate parents and caregivers that have received a citation for nonuse of a car seat/seat belt. Citation fines will be significantly reduced for those who participate in the program.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that a correctly used car seat reduces fatality risk by 71% for infants and 54% toddlers in passenger cars.

One of the most common car seat misuses identified in Butte County is that parents graduate their child into the next car seat or seat belt too soon.

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