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Child Passenger Safety Week Spotlight "$2 Difference"

CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator

February 10, 2001

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for children. During National Child Passenger Safety Week Feb. 11-17, the Florida Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to buckle up and "make a $2 difference."

"Buckle Up Florida" encourages proper seat belt usage by educating parents and by enforcing the law. This program will run Feb. 10-18 throughout the state. "Buckle Up Florida" coincides with National Child Passenger Safety Week. During this time, law enforcement agencies plan to step up enforcement of child restraint laws.

The FHP and its parent agency, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, also provide child safety seats free of charge to low-income families through the "$2 difference" program.

This program is "the opportunity for every person who registers a vehicle or renews a license to donate $2 to the fund that is used to purchase child safety seats," said Ed Bleakly, FHP public information specialist. An individual can donate by visiting a local tax collector's office, by checking off the designated box on the mail-in renewal form, or by logging on to the department's online renewal at www.flhsmv.gov

Since 1995, the department has distributed 3,500 seats through the "$2 difference" program.

Florida law requires that children, age 3 and younger, be placed in a child restraint while riding in a vehicle. Children who are age 4 and 5 may use an adult safety belt. The maximum fine for violators is $60.

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