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TN Seat Belt Laws For Kids Save Lives

November 06, 2015

TN Seat Belt Laws For Kids Save Lives

Many of us have or have had at some point in our lives the responsibility of caring for a young child. To ensure we fulfill this incredible responsibility, we take a great many precautions every day to provide for the safety and well- being of our most prized loved one. One of these precautions is the use of child safety seats prior to traveling in a vehicle.

The Most Nerve Wracking Drive: From The Hospital


I remember the first day I took my baby home from the hospital. While it was quite a few years ago, it seems like only yesterday. I can recall asking the nurse to come outside and make sure I installed the car seat properly. To that point in my life, the most pressure I ever felt was driving city streets with a two day old baby in my car!

In light of that recollection, it is unbelievable how frequently parents of small children will neglect to use a child safety seat- instead letting their small child ride in a passenger seat with only a standard seat belt to provide restraint. Not only is this incredibly foolish and dangerous, it is against the law.

All Children Required To Use Safety Seats In TN

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, children and their safety when traveling in vehicles has been a priority of the Volunteer state for more than thirty years. Tennessee prides itself for being the first state in the nation to create a law requiring the use of safety seats for all child passengers. Since then, Tennessee has continued to enforce this law with intense scrutiny, aiming to protect children from injuries due to the neglect of their parents.

T.C.A. 55-9-602 states that;

I recognize is harsh to call parents neglectful for failing to comply with the above law. However, there can be no excuse for this failing, whether it be due to time constraints, laziness or forgetfulness.

Car accidents are the leading cause of fatalities among children


This is especially so when you consider the statistics. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, it has been reported that, across the nation, nearly 1.5 million children are involved as passengers in car accidents every year. These accidents are the number one cause of fatalities among children from the ages of 2-14.

Safety Car Seats Work But Only When Used Properly

By contrast, studies have shown that child safety seats do work. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states one of its key issues is the use of car seats and how when used properly the risk of injury to a child in the case of an accident is decreased exponentially.

When children are placed in them, there is far less chance they will suffer from serious injury in the event of an automobile accident. In light of this, there can be no excuse. Put your child in a safety seat- their health depends on it, and they are counting on you.