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Martin O'Malley, Governor, and Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor
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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 3 to 6 and 8 to 14.
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“Tweens” are defined as being children between the ages of 8-12 years old. These children are potentially too large for booster seats but, not ready for the front seat. This is a very important  transition time to instill safe habits as the tween approaches their teen years.

5 Ways to Get Your Tween Safely Buckled Up in The Back Seat

  • Tell Them It’s the Law. Let them know that it’s not an option or choice. It’s mandatory by law.
  • Buckle Up. You are a role model- set an example. If you buckle up they are likely follow.
  • Keep Them Busy. A back seat is the perfect place for playing electronic games or reading.
  • Make it Their’s. Allow the back seat to become your tweens own space so, they are eager to sit in the back seat.
  • Let Them Pick the Radio Stations. Children like to make decisions on their own to feel independent. Make it a rule: If your child sits in the back buckled up, they can pick the radio station.

Parent Safety Tips for Tweens

  • Teach your tween how to use a cell phone to call 911 in the case of an accident.
  • Tweens should be taught that drivers are not looking for them, and won't notice them until it's too late. It's up to your child to be aware. Demonstrate to your tween how difficult it is for a driver to see them when they are behind or near a vehicle.
  • Discuss the importance of never playing or hiding in the trunk of a car. Cars manufactured after 2001 have a "glow in the dark" trunk release. Make sure your child knows how to spot the release and use it.
  • Wear your seatbelt, too. When adult drivers are not restrained, 91 percent of the fatalities in the 8 to 15 year age group are also unrestrained. You’re a role model- play smart!
  • When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

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