Authorities: Proper car seat use saved children’s lives during car crash

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (WSVN) — California Highway Patrol officers shared a photo of a dramatic rollover crash to promote proper use of children’s car seats.

In this case, two young children walked away from the crash unharmed.

Officers with the Contra Costa division of the California Highway Patrol tweeted out images showing two damaged cars, with one completely upside down.

“The proper use of car seats allowed a 3yr old & a 6yr old to walk away completely unharmed,” officers said in the tweet.

Police said the mother of the children was also in the car, and due to her having worn her seat belt, she only suffered minor complaints of pain.

“CAR SEATS SAVE LIVES,” officers wrote.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 47% of people killed in traffic crashes in 2017 were not wearing their seat belts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, of the children under the age of 12 who died in a car crash in 2016 (in which restraint use was known), 35% were not buckled up.

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