Safe Kids Cascade County

Safe Kids Cascade County/Buckle Up Montana

The Safe Kids Cascade County coalition works to prevent unintentional injury and death. Our main focus is on occupant protection, including the proper use of car seats and seat belts.

Coalition members include representatives from the school district, health care, law enforcement, businesses and other community agencies and members. The coalition meets quarterly. If you are interested in joining the coalition or learning more, please call Mary Kay at 454-6750.

Cascade County Statistics
2016
Total number of motor vehicle crashes
Total number of motor vehicle crashes – serious injury
Total number of motor vehicle crashes – fatalities                     
4604
34
12
(8 not wearing seat belts)
2015
Total number of motor vehicle crashes
Total number of motor vehicle crashes- serious injury
Total number of motor vehicle crashes – fatalities
4598
29
9
(6 not wearing seat belts)

Although observed safety belt use in Montana is just under 80%, if between 87% and 94% of Montanans used seatbelts, it is estimated that an additional 20-30 lives would be saved each year. That number increases to 75 additional lives if seatbelt use were 100%. It’s simple: increased seatbelt use results in fewer injuries and deaths.

By law, in Montana ALL children up to 6 years old AND up to 60 pounds have to use a car seat or booster seat. Larger children should also be in boosters until they are around 4 ft. 9 in. tall. At times, there may be car seats and booster seats available for free or reduced cost. Call Mary Kay at 454-6750 for more information.

To learn more about how seatbelts save lives, visit www.buckleup.mt.gov.

Become a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician today.  Trainings available: Go to the National CPS Certification website or call 454-6750 for more information.

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