Austin News Highlights Children's Optimal Health Work on Children in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Children's Optimal Health   (Austin*)

August 2012

Our collaborative work to improve child safety, in this case from motor vehicle accidents, has been recently highlighted on the local KEYE TV News.  Our analysis showed that while the accidents were typically occurring at intersections along I-35, the children who had been under-restrained or unrestrained in the accidents were concentrated in two neighborhoods indicating a need for more education in those communities about car seats and safety belts. 

We are working with community partners to drive policy and operational changes to improve parent understanding of (and access to) proper child restraint. We are also working with City of Austin departments to improve neighborhood environments for pedestrian and bike safety for children and their families.