Child Passenger Safety Week

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By News Team on September 18, 2020

Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 20-26. Carilion Clinic's Community Health and Outreach team works to keep kids safe in vehicles all year long—starting with car seats.

"Approximately 70 to 80 percent of parents and caregivers who install car seats themselves don’t do it correctly," said Jill Lucas-Drakeford, a Carilion Clinic community health educator and coordinator for Safe Kids Southwest Virginia. "That increases the chance of a child to be injured or killed in a car crash."

Jill is also a certified child passenger safety technician and trainer who coordinates our free car seat safety checks.


Free Car Seat Safety Checks

For a free car seat safety check near you, call or email to arrange a safe appointment.

Roanoke area
Jill Lucas-Drakeford

New River Valley area
Ashley Hash

Franklin or Henry County area
Betty Robertson

Find more child passenger safety information from our experts at the following links.


Take the "Inch" Test on the Road

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Before you head out on the road for your family vacation—or even to the grocery store—be sure all the strapping and buckling you're doing is doing its job. Watch the video below and find the story at the link.

Safe Travel Isn't Just for Kids

“Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing that you can do to safeguard your life while on the road,” says Jill.

Even on short trips, be sure that children are secured properly with safety belts and age-appropriate child safety seats, and that everyone else uses both the lap and shoulder belt. Find out more about safe travel at the link.

Look Before You Lock!

The start of the school year doesn't mean the end of summer heat. Prevent a vehicle-related tragedy with help from Safe Kids and Carilion Clinic Community Health and Outreach. One top tip: You won't forget your phone, purse or backpack, so put them in the back seat with your child. Visit the link for more

Want to learn more abour our growing Safe Kids programs? Visit


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