Reminders for Passenger and Pedestrian Safety!
With the start of the new school year and Halloween around the corner, the Madison Police Department and the Madison Health Department remind all residents that it is important to take the necessary precautions while on the road to ensure the safety of Madison’s children. Car crashes are the number one killer of children ages 1 - 12 in the United States.
Officer Chad Rybka of Madison with Layla properly fastened in her front facing car seat.
Finding the Right Car Seat
- Car seats are based on the child's age and size
- Young children should be kept in a rear facing car seat for as long as possible until at least 3 years of age. The exact weight and height limits are written on the side or back of the car seat
- Once they meet the manufacturers height and weight limit, the child should then move on to a front facing car seat, and then eventually a booster seat
- In the U.S. 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly - parents should be sure to read both the car seat instruction manual and the vehicle's owner manual for proper installation. Residents can also go to the Madison Police Department where certified officers will correctly install and check car seats
- All passengers are required to wear seatbelts in the state of New Jersey
Pedestrian Safety in Madison
- The Madison Police Department conducted a "Operation Safe School Zones" Program focusing on pedestrian safety
- The police officers conducted 37 motor vehicle stops over the two days and issued summonses and warnings to motorists who failed to stop for pedestrians while driving through school zones
- Pedestrians are reminded to only cross streets at corners, using crosswalks and traffic signals. Always look left, right and left again before crossing
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic but as far to the left as possible
- Drivers are reminded to always yield to pedestrians and be especially alert for pedestrians and bikers while driving through residential areas and school zones
- On Halloween, give kids a flashlight to help them see and be more visible to drivers
- In New Jersey it is illegal to talk or text on a handheld device while driving a vehicle
- According to www.distraction.gov , about 21% of drivers ages 15-19 involved in fatal car crashes were distracted by the use of cell phones
- Even using a hands free device to make phone calls impairs the drivers ability to drive safely
- To ensure the safety of everyone in the car and sharing the road, avoid using handheld devices while driving