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4 CHILD TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 2009 - NONE RESTRAINED


Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Preliminary 2009 crash facts from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reveal that none of four children under age 7 killed in crashes this year were properly restrained and seven of 10 children seriously injured were also not in a safety restraint. DPS officials are underscoring this news and encouraging all parents and caregivers to make sure their children are riding in the correct restraint and that it is properly secured during national Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, Sept. 12-18. Officials are also using the week to remind Minnesotans of the state's new booster seat law that became effective July 1.

In Minnesota, 83 percent of child restraints are used incorrectly, meaning children are riding in the wrong restraint or it is not properly secured. During 2004-2008, 41 children under age 7 were killed on state roads and 59 percent of these children were either unrestrained or improperly restrained. During that same time period, 14 of the 17 children ages 4-7 - prime ages for booster seat use - killed in crashes were not properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat.

Under Minnesota's new booster seat law, a child cannot ride in a seat belt alone until they are

8 years old or reach 4 feet 9 inches tall - whichever comes first. DPS recommends keeping a child in a booster seat based on their height rather than their age.

Boosters are for children that have outgrown a forward-facing seat, usually around 40 pounds and age 4. A booster seat lifts a child up so a seat belt fits properly. Poor seat belt fit can contribute to serious injury - such as internal decapitation - ejection and death in traffic crashes. Heather Darby, CPS coordinator at DPS Office of Traffic Safety says a sign that a seat belt does not fit properly and a booster is needed is if a child wraps the shoulder belt behind them to avoid the belt rubbing against their neck. The fine for booster seat non-use is $50, but can cost more than $100 with administrative fees.

"Many parents lead busy lives, but it is so important not to put our schedules ahead of safety," says Darby. "We need to take care of our most precious cargo - our children - and properly secure them in the appropriate child restraint, and set a good example by buckling up as well."

Darby says a major issue with child passenger safety is that parents are not aware of the restraint steps a child should progress through as they age and grow: rear-facin .....
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Extra DWI Enforcement Continues through Labor Day; PUBLIC SAFETY, MNDOT STRESS ROAD SAFETY

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will continue an enhanced DWI crackdown through Labor Day weekend to limit alcohol-related deaths during the holiday weekend. During Labor Day weekends, 2006-2008, 11 people were killed - five ..... 
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Congressman Walz Announces Southern Minnesota Mobile Office Stops

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Tim Walz announced that he is dispatching his staff across southern Minnesota September 21-23 to hear from constituents regarding hot topics like health insurance reform and to assist individuals who are having p ..... 
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Statement by Congressman Tim Walz on President Obama's Speech

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Tim Walz. Mr. Jeff Korsmo, Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center was Congressman Walz's guest at tonight's Joint Session of Congress.

"I'm pleased ..... 
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Health officials urge Minnesotans to learn more about the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota health officials urge Minnesotans to learn more about preventing suicide during national Suicide Prevention Week, September 6-12.

The extent of suicide in Minnesota is significant:

571 people died by suicide in Minnesota in 20 ..... 
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Minnesota Community Pride winners announced and honored on Labor Day weekend at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Over 20 Minnesota communities, large and small, from across the state, took home top honors and over $15,000 in cash awards in the 25th Anniversary Minnesota Community Pride competition, announced at the Minnesota Community Pride Showcase and Awards ..... 
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State Fair Seeking Young Adults to Serve on Advisory Team

Mon, Aug 31st, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota State Fair is now accepting applications for young adults who want to be part of the State Fair Advisory Team.

The 20-member team is a voice for younger Minnesotans that provides input on interests and trends among ..... 
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Background briefing for media on novel H1N1 flu

Tue, Aug 25th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Event:

Background briefing on novel H1N1, including recent developments, current concerns, anticipated issues and challenges if a second wave of illness occurs in the fall, and preparations for the possibility of a major pandemic involving sev ..... 
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MN2020 Statement on the Minnesota Free Market Institute's False Assertions about Climate Change

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN - Responding to the Minnesota Free Market Institute's assertions that climate change is just politicized science, Minnesota 2020 Executive Director John Van Hecke issued the following statement:



"This symposium is nothi ..... 
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