Proper Child Safety Seat Installation is Your Responsibility!
Buckle Your Baby For Life Company is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by a local law firm, Hamstead, Williams & Shook, that has the safety of West Virginia’s future — our children — in mind.
State and national statistics show that passengers who are not properly buckled-up are at a much greater risk of serious injury or death in a car wreck. The risk of serious injury is particularly significant for infants and young children. Furthermore, West Virginia law requires that children below a certain age be properly buckled-up:
Every driver who transports a child under the age of eight years in a passenger vehicle other than one operated for hire shall, while the motor vehicle is moving and operating on a street or highway of this state, provide the protection of the child by properly placing and securing the child in a child passenger safety seat meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards (W. Va. Code § 17C-15-46).
The Buckle Your Baby for Life program has two main objectives:
- Buckle your baby now, for life. We want to help protect the lives of our new generation by ensuring that every family in North Central West Virginia has access to a child safety seat and is trained in its proper use. This will be done through an education program and, most importantly, providing child safety seats to those who cannot afford to buy one.
- Teach your baby to buckle for life. Good habits developed at a young age are more likely to continue over a lifetime. Thus, a secondary goal of the program is to instill the habit of “buckling up” at an early age that will naturally carry over into the teen driving years and into adulthood.
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