Motor Vehicle Safety

Cars are dangerous places for children.  Whether the vehicle is in motion and at risk for a collision, the vehicle is parked and could cause death if a child is left in a hot car, or a child is playing in the driveway and is at risk for being backed over.  Parents can help keep their children safe around motor vehicles!


Wisconsin is behind the national average on seat belt usage!  Do your part…BUCKLE UP!




  • Currently, Wisconsin's safety belt use rate is approximately 85%, which is one of the lowest in the nation (37th out of 50 states) 
  • A 10% increase in safety belt use would save about 44 lives and prevent 650 injuries in Wisconsin each year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)




Parents should wear their seat belt and have their children do the same!


Children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat of a vehicle because it is the safest spot for their smaller body frame.  Front passenger air bags can cause serious injury to a child.


Children under 80 lbs. and smaller than 4' 9'' in height  should ride in the appropriate car seat/booster seat.  (For more booster seat information, click here.)


Check to make sure that all children are out of the car after you park.


Keep doors locked on all parked cars so children do not play in them.


Walk around your vehicle to check for children before you start the car.


Teach your children that the driveway is NOT a safe place for them to play.


Additional Resources on Motor Vehicle Safety


Kids and Cars 


Transportation in Childcare Settings 


Car seat safety Tips


Booster seat and Seat Belt Tips


Car Safety IQ Test


Safety Videos:


Area you turning your child forward too soon? (


Why Child Passenger Safety is Important (



Community Resources:


Check out your local health departments and hospitals for car seat checks!


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