Sunday cartoon: Backseats are safer


BURRILLVILLE – Backseats are safer for kids when it comes to riding in the family vehicle.

September is National Child Passenger Safety Month across the USA. This is the second child passenger safety coloring cartoon in a series of four traffic safety messages directly related to little kids being properly restrained in a passenger vehicle.

With schools now open for the new school year, there will be a lot of kids being transported back and forth from their homes every week day. We would like them to be safer in those vehicles. Any child, twelve years old or younger needs to be riding in the backseat for their safety. Dashboard air bags, when deployed, can harm a younger passenger if that vehicle they are riding in is involved in a crash. It doesn’t matter if they are just being transported up the street to be dropped off at their school, or riding in the family vehicle traveling a longer distance.

A recent Kids Safety Zone Radio Show, produced specifically related to back to school safety, addresses transporting children safely in the backseats. This week’s NRI NOW Sunday Cartoon also helps convey child passenger safety messages with a coloring cartoon format anyone can print out for a child to color in, while be reminded about traffic safety. Police officers, firefighters, EMT’s, school nurses, teachers, librarians, daycare staff, child safety advocates, as well as parents and guardians, can easily provide children with these very important weekly kids safety coloring cartoons to help keep kids safer in their daily lives. 

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.

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