To Help Children, ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter Announces Continuation of Child Safety Seat Donation Program
Contact: Anthony “Corky” Carter, CSP, 615- 221-1514
NASHVILLE, TN (March 16, 2012) –The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Middle Tennessee chapter recently announced the continuation of their “Middle Tennessee ASSE/Dr. Robert Sanders Child Safety Seat Program,” donating 50 child safety seats to various organizations throughout the mid-state. The Child Safety Seat Program, which the chapter has funded for over 30 years through its monthly Driver’s Safety School, provides child safety seats so those in need and helps protect their children while riding in a motor vehicle.
ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter Program Chair Anthony D. Carter, CSP, of Brentwood, TN, helped coordinate the chapter’s efforts in donating the 50 child safety seats to: Outlook Nashville, Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center, Nurses for Newborns Foundation of Tennessee, Hope Clinic for Women, Agape, The Kings Daughter Day Home, and local county health departments including Rutherford, Wilson, Montgomery and Sumner counties.
Jimmy Whitehair, President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter said: “We are honored to be able to donate child safety seats to these organizations that emphasize protecting children while traveling in vehicles, as car crashes are the number one cause of death for children from infants to age 14.”
The “Middle Tennessee ASSE/Dr. Robert Sanders Child Safety Seat Program” is made possible through the chapter’s Driver’s School program which allows ticket dismissal for first time offenders. ASSE member Keith Bain, Driver School Chair and instructor for the program, said, “Much of the proceeds from the driver’s school go directly to purchasing child safety seats, so the ticketed drivers have a positive outcome to an unpleasant event.”
The Chapter’s program was named the “Middle Tennessee ASSE / Dr. Robert Sanders Child Safety Seat Program” in honor of the late Dr. Robert Sanders and his legacy of sponsoring legislation to protect children in motor vehicles. He led efforts to pass the nation’s first child passenger safety law in Tennessee, which took effect in January 1978. That law has been duplicated in every other state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged three to 14 (based on 2006 figures, which are the latest mortality data currently available from the National Center for Health Statistics). In 2008, there were a total of 37,261 traffic fatalities in the U.S. The 14-and younger age group accounted for four percent (1,347) of those traffic fatalities. This age group accounted for three percent (968) of all vehicle occupant fatalities, eight percent (193,000) of all the people injured in motor vehicle crashes, and eight percent (168,000) of all the vehicle occupants injured in crashes. During 2008, fatalities in this age group (1,347) decreased 20 percent from the 1,680 fatalities in 2007.
NHTSA notes that car seats must be installed and used properly to provide adequate protection, and they must be adjusted to fit the child securely. The ASSE Middle Tennessee chapter notes that tips to increase your child’s car seat safety can be found at http://www.nhtsa.gov/parents/parents-cars.html.
Established in 1947, the ASSE Middle Tennessee Chapter has over 250 members in the safety and health profession. For more information on the chapter visit http://middletn.asse.org.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information, please go to www.asse.org/newsroom.