Commissioners highlight child safety

According to statistics gathered over the years, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for children ages 2 through 12 in the United States; every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.The Elk County Commissioners yesterday adopted a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week.The document showed that all 50 states have laws requiring the use of child safety seats for children traveling in motor vehicles. All parents and caregivers are encouraged to make sure their children are buckled up anytime they ride in a motor vehicle; statistics show that three out of four child safety seats are not used properly.According to the proclamation read by Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel, parents and caregivers are encouraged to make sure that all children are appropriately buckled up every time they ride in a motor vehicle."During Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be hundreds of free child safety seat inspection stations set up across the country," Beimel said.Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meeting:Elk County Board of CommissionersWhen: Tuesday, Sept. 6Where: Courthouse Annex, Conference Room No. 2Time: 10 a.m.