A cooperative partnership between Arizona and Sonora highlights the importance of a safe ride home for all children and their families. Car seat use in Arizona is about 90%, yet car seat use in Sonora is less than 20%. A lot of this is because car seats cost more in Mexico than they do in the US- making them less affordable. As part of an initiative that we launched with Sonora at this summer’s Arizona Mexico Commission, Arizonans will be able to conveniently donate new and gently used child safety seats for distribution to families in Mexico. All donated child safety seats will be inspected to insure they will provide the protection needed.
We recently established a new website called A Safe Ride Home which promotes car seat safety in Arizona. We’re in the process of creating community collection points for the car seat donations. The collection sites will be posted to the website. People will also be able to find resources for getting low cost seats in Arizona, including the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety CAPP Program at the new website.
Having a properly installed car seat is as important as having a car seat. Next week, we’re sending staff to work with our partners from Mexico to provide best practices for how to implement programs to teach folks how to safely and properly install car seats. More to come on this initiative this winter.
Nice work! Drives me nuts seeing little kids without a car seat! If there is anything we in the MMJ industry can do to assist with this program please let me know.
I have three car seats right now I would like to donate. I always see people getting rid of them at garage sales around town so I usually pick them up free or cheap, clean them up and/or fix replace missing parts then give them to parents we see in need here locally in El Mirage.
This program could really help save the lives of many kids, great work folks, great job!
Just a thought while we’re on the topic, please do what you can to get AZ’s numbers up to 100 % usage of car seats before we help out our neighbors to the south.