The loss of a child is a tragedy for the family and also the community in which they live. The child death rate is the most powerful measure of child well-being, capturing how well the community protects children from risks they face and addresses their health needs. In 2006, Kentucky ranked 26th among the 50 states on child deaths, and Kentucky’s rate of child deaths at 21 per 100,000 was the lowest in more than a decade.
Kentucky can reduce deaths among children by ensuring parents and caregivers have the appropriate information on protecting their children from injuries and presenting the information in a culturally-appropriate way. This includes expanding programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in at-risk families, as well as addressing leading causes of unintentional injury.
- Booster Seats: Children who are too big for infant seats but too small for regular seats should be properly restrained in a belt-positioning booster seat in order to reduce the risk of crash injuries. Kentucky Youth Advocates supported the passage of a booster seat bill.
- Graduated Driver’s License: Car accidents are the leading cause of teen death in the United States. Kentucky Youth Advocates lobbied for a GDL that would ease Kentucky teens’ transition from passengers to drivers. A new GDL law went into effect on October 1, 2006.