Child safety 02-27-07

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
LAWRENCE K. MAHUNA
PHONE: 961-2244 
FEBRUARY 27, 2007

MEDIA RELEASE

Hawaii Island police are asking parents to supervise their young children (ages 1-4) when they are in the vicinity of cars or traffic, whether it be on roadways or on private property.

Typically, children of this age are too small to be seen by drivers, even when drivers use their side-view or rear-view mirrors. It takes only an instant for tragedy to strike if a child wanders into the path of a moving vehicle.

"Children are this island’s most valuable resource," said Chief Lawrence Mahuna. "Please do all you can to protect them, as they are incapable of taking care of themselves or unaware of how dangerous it can be to play close to vehicles that are moving, especially reversing. Parents are reminded that it takes only a few moments to ensure that their children are out of harm’s way prior to moving their cars."

Police also remind parents to be aware of Hawaii state laws regarding children as passengers in a motor vehicle.

All children under age 4 must ride in a car seat that meets federal safety standards. Children ages 4 to 7 must ride either in a car seat or a booster seat.

Children ages 8 to 17 must be restrained by a seat belt when riding in the car. All front seat passengers must wear seat belts regardless of age.

Children under age 12 may not ride in the bed of a pickup truck.

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